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January 26, 2012
A man accused of abusing a 3-month-old boy was sentenced to serve two to 10 years in prison Thursday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh. Derrick Lane Fillinger, 27, pleaded no contest earlier this month to one count of child abuse causing serious bodily injury, according to court records. Counts of gross child neglecting creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury and felony conspiracy to commit child abuse were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, according to court records.
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September 24, 2010
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- David Edward Gagey, 71, of 781 Engle Switch Road in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was indicted this week by a Jefferson County grand jury on more than a dozen counts of child abuse, court records show. Gagey is charged with 11 counts of child abuse resulting in or causing serious bodily injury, two counts of child abuse creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury and one other charge, court records show. The indictment is related to allegations made after Gagey called a Jefferson County animal control officer to complain about a neighbor's dog. The responding officer saw Gagey pull the boy up by his hair, court records show.
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February 19, 2011
The following individuals were indicted by a grand jury seated this week in Berkeley County Circuit Court. An indictment merely reflects a grand jury's conclusion that the accused probably committed the crime or crimes in question. • Antonio Prophet, 34, incarcerated at Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, Augusta, W.Va., on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson. • Robert W. Orr, 29, P.O. Box 236, Inwood, W.Va., on one count of transferring stolen property.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 30, 2013
A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man convicted of child abuse in February was sentenced Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to life in prison. In addition to the life sentence, Nathan Snyder, 29, was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder to serve three, one- to five-year sentences concurrently. Snyder will have the possibility of parole after serving 15 years of the life sentence, but must register for 10 years with the child-abuse registry, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said.
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April 25, 2013
A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man is expected to be sentenced to life in prison next month after a jury found Wednesday that he was previously convicted of two felonies before he was convicted of child abuse in February. Nathan Allen Snyder, 29, is scheduled to be sentenced May 30 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder. The life sentence comes with the opportunity for parole after serving 15 years, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely has said. Snyder was convicted of four felony counts of child abuse resulting in bodily injury in Berkeley County Circuit Court.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | January 22, 2012
The following individuals were indicted last week by a Jefferson County grand jury. An indictment merely indicates that an individual is believed to have committed the crime. Those indicted include: George Edward Rose, 33, of 138 Shutter St., Charles Town, single counts of grand larceny, conspiracy, daytime burglary, five counts of breaking and entering motor vehicles. Robin Elizabeth Fickes, 23, of 1933 Hidden Hollow Drive, Kearneysville, W.Va., five counts each of grand larceny, burglary, conspiracy; one count of petit larceny, one count of attempted burglary and two counts of entering without breaking into a residence.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2012
A Martinsburg man was sentenced Monday to four to 20 years in prison for starving his young children in 2010 and forcing them to live in the unfinished basement of their home. Jesse Arlo Lafferty, 34, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of child abuse causing serious bodily injury, also was fined $2,000 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.  Wilkes ordered Lafferty to register with the child-abuse registry for 10 years and instructed him not to have any direct or indirect contact with his children.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 30, 2012
A Berkeley County man accused of starving his two children and locking them in the basement of his home pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of child abuse causing serious bodily injury. Jesse A. Lafferty, 34, who is scheduled to be sentenced July 16, told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes that he intentionally withheld food from his children in order to punish them. Each felony conviction comes with a two- to 10-year prison sentence and Wilkes has discretion to order the sentences be served consecutively.
NEWS
October 23, 2011
The following 89 individuals were indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury seated for the October term of circuit court, which began Tuesday. An indictment merely indicates that an individual is believed to have committed the crime. Joshua L. Stitley, 33, incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail, single counts of murder, felony murder, conspiracy, burglary, attempted murder, malicious assault, fleeing while driving under the influence from a law enforcement officer and fraudulent use of an access device, two counts of assault during the commission of a felony and two counts of first-degree robbery.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2013
A Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman who was convicted of domestic battery in connection with allegations that she and her husband abused children in their custody was placed on probation for five years Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Christina A. Snyder, 44, was found to be an abusive parent by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder, who ordered her to register with the child-abuse registry for 10 years, but suspended a one-year jail term for the probation.  Snyder was acquitted of five felony counts of child abuse resulting in injury at the conclusion of a lengthy trial in February.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 30, 2013
A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man convicted of child abuse in February was sentenced Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to life in prison. In addition to the life sentence, Nathan Snyder, 29, was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder to serve three, one- to five-year sentences concurrently. Snyder will have the possibility of parole after serving 15 years of the life sentence, but must register for 10 years with the child-abuse registry, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said.
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April 25, 2013
A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man is expected to be sentenced to life in prison next month after a jury found Wednesday that he was previously convicted of two felonies before he was convicted of child abuse in February. Nathan Allen Snyder, 29, is scheduled to be sentenced May 30 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder. The life sentence comes with the opportunity for parole after serving 15 years, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely has said. Snyder was convicted of four felony counts of child abuse resulting in bodily injury in Berkeley County Circuit Court.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2013
A Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman who was convicted of domestic battery in connection with allegations that she and her husband abused children in their custody was placed on probation for five years Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Christina A. Snyder, 44, was found to be an abusive parent by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder, who ordered her to register with the child-abuse registry for 10 years, but suspended a one-year jail term for the probation.  Snyder was acquitted of five felony counts of child abuse resulting in injury at the conclusion of a lengthy trial in February.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 9, 2013
A woman who pleaded no contest in September 2012 to child neglect resulting in the death of her 2-month-old son was sentenced Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to between three and 15 years in prison. Jessica Skupnick, 24, and her now-former boyfriend, Dominic Hall, were indicted in October 2011 on two felony counts of death of a child by a parent, custodian or guardian, and single counts of child neglect resulting in death, gross child neglect creating substantial risk of bodily injury, and conspiracy.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
A circuit judge said Wednesday he needed more information before sentencing a woman who pleaded no contest in September 2012 to child neglect resulting in the death of her 2-month-old son, Jaxon. Twenty-third Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III said he heard some things in Wednesday's sentencing hearing for Jessica Skupnick, 24, that prompted him to recess the proceeding until April 9 so the court could obtain the unspecified information. Wednesday's hearing lasted more than two hours and included testimony by Skupnick, who faces a maximum of three to 15 years in prison, and her paternal grandmother.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2012
A Martinsburg man was sentenced Monday to four to 20 years in prison for starving his young children in 2010 and forcing them to live in the unfinished basement of their home. Jesse Arlo Lafferty, 34, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of child abuse causing serious bodily injury, also was fined $2,000 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.  Wilkes ordered Lafferty to register with the child-abuse registry for 10 years and instructed him not to have any direct or indirect contact with his children.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 30, 2012
A Berkeley County man accused of starving his two children and locking them in the basement of his home pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of child abuse causing serious bodily injury. Jesse A. Lafferty, 34, who is scheduled to be sentenced July 16, told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes that he intentionally withheld food from his children in order to punish them. Each felony conviction comes with a two- to 10-year prison sentence and Wilkes has discretion to order the sentences be served consecutively.
NEWS
April 19, 2012
A Jefferson County grand jury this week handed up indictments on a range of criminal charges, according to court records. Among those indicted were: Paul James Feia, 49, of 7225 Pine Drive in Annandale, Va., one count of DUI third offense. Nicholas Michael West, 27, of 3986 Alcoa Drive in Fairfax, Va., one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, one count of possession with intent to deliver Alprazolam and one count of carrying a concealed weapon without a license.
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January 26, 2012
A man accused of abusing a 3-month-old boy was sentenced to serve two to 10 years in prison Thursday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh. Derrick Lane Fillinger, 27, pleaded no contest earlier this month to one count of child abuse causing serious bodily injury, according to court records. Counts of gross child neglecting creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury and felony conspiracy to commit child abuse were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, according to court records.
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