Poling enters into plea deal, undergoes sentencing in Circuit Court


TAYLOR COUNTY—After entering into a negotiated plea deal with the state, a local man was sentenced in Taylor County Circuit Court earlier this week.

Christopher M. Poling 35, of Garrett Mills Apartments, Grafton, was indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury during their January 2022 term on one count of third offense driving while revoked for driving under the influence.

Poling was present with his counsel, Paul W. Gwaltney, in Taylor County Circuit Court Wednesday, after having agreed to the terms of a negotiated plea agreement presented by the State of West Virginia.

As part of the deal, in return for his admittance to guilt, Poling would be convicted on the charge of driving while license suspended or revoked for driving while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance.

For the charge Poling faced a potential sentence of not less than one year nor more than three years and, in addition to the mandatory prison sentence, shall be fined not less than $3,000 nor more than $5,000, according to WV State Code §17B-4-3.

The State, represented by Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney John Bord, agreed that an alternative sentence would be fitting for the defendant, as stipulated in the plea agreement.

Furthermore, as part of the deal, Poling agreed to waive his right to a presentence investigation and would undergo sentencing the same day.

After being advised of his rights pertaining to the entry of a guilty plea, Poling told the court that he wished to withdraw his previous not guilty plea to the charge, and that it was his desire to plead guilty.

Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Shawn D. Nines accepted the entry of the guilty plea, and then discussed with Poling and his counsel sentencing.

Nines, in accordance with state code, found Poling guilty of driving while license suspended or revoked for driving while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, and ordered that he be sentenced to the West Virginia State Penitentiary for a period of not less than one nor more than three years and fined $3,000.

He further decreed that the prison sentence would be suspended, and that Poling would be permitted to serve it on home confinement.

The defendant was ordered to enter the Taylor County Community Corrections Program for 30 days, until he could be hooked up to the electronic monitor.

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