ELKINS - The bond of a Beverly man charged with two counts of first degree sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl was modified in Randolph County Circuit Court Wednesday.
Jared Iseli, 20, appeared before Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong seeking bond reduction. Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker objected to reducing the bond, which was originally set at $150,000 cash only, claiming that the seriousness of the charges and the potential sentence that they carry could result in Iseli being a flight risk.
Iseli's attorney, James Hawkins, told the court that the $150,000 amount was excessive and is unconstitutional.
"I am not diminishing the seriousness of these charges," said Hawkins. "But I am putting them into context. This is (Iseli's) first criminal offense. He has a two-year-old child that he needs to care for. His family simply does not have the resources to present bond as it stands.
"He's likely not a flight risk. He surrendered himself to authorities without incident. I challenge the state to find evidence that he is an overt danger to the community."
Wilfong ruled that the amount of the bond would remain at $150,000 but that she would modify the bond from cash-only to cash or property.
Iseli was arrested Dec. 5 on two counts of sexual abuse regarding an incident with an 11-year-old girl. According to the criminal complaint, Iseli allegedly had sex with the girl on two separate occasions.
Also in Randolph County Circuit Court on Wednesday:
- Thomas Chevy Vas, 18, appeared so that Wilfong could inform him and his counsel of an unrelated ethics complaint filed against her. She asked Vas' defense counsels, James Hawkins and Timothy Prentice, if their client objected to her overseeing the case and they told the court their client did not object.
Wilfong told The Inter-Mountain in October she self-reported her relationship with Travis Carter, the regional director of the North Central Community Corrections program, to the Judicial Investigation Commission, although three other subsequent reports were filed in the matter, the judge said. Parker and local attorney Chris Cooper both confirmed that they filed complaints with the JIC.
Carter was suspended by the Randolph County Commission Oct. 16, initially without pay. The Commission revised its decision Oct. 17, opting to pay Carter during his absence. Carter resigned on Dec. 5, after a law firm's investigation of the situation found no illegal activity on his part.
In March, Vas pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, a felony, for allegedly stabbing Dustin "Dusty" White, 17, another Tygarts Valley student, outside the TVHS stadium Oct. 26, 2012. White died from injuries he suffered during the incident.
- The trial for Larry Carver, 41, and Tina Carver, 38, was scheduled for May 14-16, with jury selection set for May 7.
Larry and Tina Carver are both facing one felony count of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. According to court documents, officials received a 911 call March 14, 2012 about "a child choking on a teaspoon of pepper."
The boy was transported to Davis Memorial Hospital and was found to be in full respiratory distress. He was then flown by HealthNet helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where he went into full respiratory failure, according to police reports.
Livesaving measures were administered to him six times, and he was eventually placed on life support in the Pediatrics Intensive Care unit of Ruby Memorial, according to court documents.
- Cody Tyler Pudder, 20, of Elkins, was sentenced to one to 10 years in prison for breaking and entering. That sentence was suspended in exchange for Pudder being incarcerated for 60 days and then being admitted into Adult Drug Court.
- Christopher Rosier, 26, appeared in court regarding a bond modification. His bond, which had been set at $50,000 cash only, was modified to $50,000 cash or property.
Rosier was charged with child abuse resulting in injury in November.
- Richard Lee Ryan, 51, of Bowden, was sentenced to one to five years on each of three counts of failure to register as a sex offender. One of the counts will run concurrent with his others, totaling two to 10 years in a state penitentiary.
- Mark Shiflett, 44, of Elkins, was sentenced to one to three years in a penitentiary for one count of driving while license revoked for DUI third offense, and six months for each of two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Shiflett will get credit for time served.
- Brian Eugene Long, 34, of Fairmont, was sentenced to one to 15 years in a state penitentiary for one count of burglary.
- Edith Ada Liedy, aka Edith Ada Kirkpatrick, 49, of Elkins, was sentenced to one to 15 years in a state penitentiary and a $1,000 fine for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Liedy also has a previous sentence for forgery and uttering.
- Jeffery Scott Wilson, 25, of Elkins, was sentenced to two to 10 years for one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab. The sentence was suspended in favor of Wilson undergoing five years of supervised probation.
- Ginger Jean Marlow, 30, who is currently serving one year for shoplifting charges, was sentenced to two additional years for one count of transporting a controlled substance onto the grounds of a correctional facility. The new sentence will run concurrent to her previous sentence, followed by five years of supervised probation.
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