TAYLOR COUNTY—One local defendant learned their sentence after entering a guilty plea to grand larceny and burglary in March.
Elisha W. Duzan, 47, of Grafton, was indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury in April 2019 for four counts of entry of a building other than a dwelling, two counts of petit larceny, three counts of grand larceny and three counts of burglary.
Previously, the Duzan had been indicted by the grand jury in January 2019 for entering without breaking, grand larceny and conspiracy.
On March 12, 2020, Duzan entered a guilty plea to one count of felonious grand larceny and two counts of burglary.
Last week, a hearing was held via Skype in which a sentence was handed down for the defendant, after a presentence investigation and report was completed in accordance with an order by Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan D. Moats.
Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Taylor County Christopher Miller revealed that the presentence report had been filed with the court and had been received by Duzan’s counsel Ryan Shreve. Both parties had reviewed the document and found no issues.
Because of the allegations against the defendant, the court found that Duzan was not a suitable candidate for alternative sentencing.
It was the order of the court that the defendant would serve not less than one nor more than 10 years in prison for the grand larceny charge. Furthermore, Duzan would serve one-to-15 years in prison for each of the burglary charges.
Moats ordered that the sentences would be served consecutively, giving the defendant an effective sentence of not less than three nor more than 40 years in the West Virginia State Penitentiary, with credit for time served during the duration of the hearings since his parole revocation on January 4, 2019.
In addition, it was ordered that restitution would be paid to the Taylor County Circuit Clerk’s Office in the amount of $15, 182.95 to Duzan’s victims including Ted Nice, who would receive $1,600; Dan Togher in the amount of $2,760, St. Augustine Church who was entitled to $828; Jacob Sturms who was owed $3,242.95 and David Anderson in the amount of $6,752.
Moats further ordered that Duzan would be responsible for the cost of all court proceedings in the matter.
Additionally, Moats heard matters concerning the bond revocation of two defendants.
Charles Christian Hallman, 47, who had previously entered a guilty plea to third-offense driving under the influence (DUI) and first-offense driving while license revoked for driving while under the influence, and was sentenced to a two-to-five-year term to be carried out on Community Corrections, was back in court after he failed to adhere to the terms of the community corrections program.
According to documents filed by Community Corrections Director Tammy Narog, Hallman failed to report to the Day Report Center, and when officials located him, he admitted he had been drinking for three days prior.
For his failure to adhere to the rules, the defendant’s two-to-five-year term was reinstated and he was remanded to the penitentiary.
Finally, after being placed on the Taylor County Community Corrections Program in June on bond supervision, Jody McCartney failed to stop his drug usage and refused to seek treatment for his addiction.
Narog told the court that the defendant had multiple positive drug screens for amphetamine, methamphetamine, marijuana and alcohol in a month’s span.
Because of his continued drug use, McCartney’s bond was revoked and he was sent back to jail.