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Former deputy pleads no contest to count of petit larceny in pill theft

Christopher Spencer McCulley was fined and ordered to pay court costs

February 17, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A former Berkeley County sheriff's deputy who resigned from the department in November after he admitted taking Oxycodone pills from an evidence locker pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count of petit larceny, according to court records.

Christopher Spencer McCulley, 41, of 33 Take Off Drive, Hedgesville, W.Va., was fined $5 Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg and ordered to pay $185.80 in court costs, according to court records.

McCulley entered the plea immediately after Bragg arraigned him Wednesday on the misdemeanor charge, according to court records.

Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Thursday that she was aware that McCulley was being charged with petit larceny for the pill theft and said the quick resolution of the misdemeanor case was allowable by state law.

Bragg said Thursday that she accepted McCulley's plea after consulting with Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison, who charged McCulley.

McCulley told superior officers in October 2010 that he took nine pills, according to court records. The oxycodone tablets were among evidence seized by Harmison in his investigation of the November 2009 shooting of Robert and Laura Hicks in the Brookstone subdivision, according to court records.

Oxycodone is a prescription medication used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Sheriff Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr. said last fall that McCulley was injured while on duty and was trying to recover from the injury.

McCulley was employed with the Sheriff's Department for about 14 years and held of the rank of corporal, according to county and court records.

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