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Kearneysville woman gets prison time for forgery, drugs

August 09, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • Angela Renee Shirley
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Kearneysville, W.Va., woman who was accused of pocketing thousands of dollars from area businesses last year that gave her money in support of the American Heart Association was sentenced Monday to serve two to 15 years in prison.

Angela Renee Shirley, 32, pleaded guilty to one felony count of forgery and one count of transporting a controlled substance into jail. She also pleaded no contest to one count of uttering.

Shirley was ordered to serve two, one- to 10-year sentences concurrently, followed by a one- to five-year sentence.

Those sentences are to be served after completing a one-year sentence in jail as part of a plea agreement reached in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

The magistrate court charges stemmed from the charity scheme, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Carmela M. Cesare said.

Shirley, who has been incarcerated for 20 months, also was ordered to pay restitution to the victims, according to Cesare and court records.

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Shirley became emotional Monday when 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes asked her if she had anything to say before his pronouncement of sentence.

"I'm really sorry ... It was all because of drugs," Shirley said. Since becoming "clean," Shirley said she couldn't believe what she did and wished to apologize for her actions.

"I'm ashamed," Shirley said.

According to court records, Piggy's bar gave Shirley a total of $400, beginning April 3, 2009, with a $100 check, according to court records.

The woman told the bar owner that she was the daughter of Jefferson County Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Shirley, and the sheriff's department had donated $600 toward her fundraising goal for the AHA, according to court records.

The sheriff's department never made such a donation, according to court records.

Shirley, who was married to the sheriff's son, said in court Monday that she was divorced.

After Angela Shirley was charged in the scheme last year, Sheriff Shirley said in an interview that he tried to help her overcome the addiction but was unsuccessful.

Angela Shirley admitted to police that she used donated money to buy heroin, according to court records.

In addition to the bar owner, donors included Regional Bonding, The Strand hair salon and The Emporium clothing store in Martinsburg; Sensual Nights, an adult business in Bunker Hill, W.Va.; and Shep's Sporting Goods near Martinsburg, according to court records.

Prior to the AHA-related charges, Shirley was charged with forgery and uttering, which police said stemmed from helping a Kearneysville man cash a stolen check in August 2008, according to court records. The man told state police that he forged the check in Sheriff Shirley's kitchen, according to court records.

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