Taylor County Grand Jury hands down indictments to 19 defendants


TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Grand Jury convened for their April 2022 Term on Monday with Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Shawn D. Nines presiding over the cases. During the day, the jury returned indictments for 19 individuals.

Among those charged by the jury was 29-year-old Bryan Charles Chocky, of the Rosemont community, who was ultimately indicted on one count of wanton endangerment involving a firearm.

The charge carries with it the potential to be incarcerated in a West Virginia state penitentiary for a definite term of not less than one year nor more than five years, or, in the discretion of the court, confined in the county jail for not more than one year. 

However, the court could also opt to impose a fine of $250-$2,500, or sentence Chocky to both, if found guilty of the accusations, according to WV State Code §61-7-12.

It is alleged that Chocky is responsible for the shooting of his neighbor in late January.

Officers were called to the scene on Hillbilly Road in Rosemont, where they met with the victim in the case, who stated she had been sitting on her couch, playing with her five-month-old granddaughter, when she was struck in the face by a bullet.

The responding officer’s complaint stated that the bullet had come from outside the home and traveled through a window before hitting the victim’s right cheek. The 9mm bullet was recovered from below the victim’s feet.

A bystander reported to police that he and other neighbors had heard approximately six to ten gunshots from another neighbor’s residence.

Officers spoke with the accused, who according to the complaint, admitted that he had, in fact, been shooting his Tarus 9mm outside of his home, during the time that the victim had been struck by the bullet.

Chocky was taken into custody and formally charged for the incident, and after hearing the facts of the case, the Grand Jury found enough cause to indict him on the charge.

Hershel Kenneth Parks, 67, of Flemington, was also indicted on the charge of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, as well as one count of persons prohibited from possessing firearms.

49-year-old Charles Ray Wilson, of Thornton, faced indictment for one count of persons prohibited from possessing firearms.

Cecil Ray Kupfner, 39, of Grafton, was charged by the Grand Jury on one count of malicious Assault, while 30-year-old Kayla Marie Poling and 33-year-old Cody Dale Seargeant, also both of Grafton, were indicted for one count of unlawful assault each.

During the proceedings, John David Bolton, 27, of Flemington, was charged for third offense domestic battery.

22-year-old Abbygale Lashay Bolyard, of Grafton, was indicted on one count of driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, causing bodily injury.

Additionally, Marcus Anthony Harrison, 27, of Clarksburg, faced indictment for one count of fleeing in a vehicle from law enforcement showing reckless indifference for the safety of others, on count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and one count of conspiracy.

Melissa Dawn Beavers, 44 and Michael Roy Beavers, Jr., 38, both of Grafton and Parthena Ann Sheets, 30, of Buckhannon were all indicted on one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

The grand jury also indicted 52-year-old Brain Scott Gray and 35-year-old Amber Raylynn Bearer, both of Grafton, for one count of burglary, while Cody Cheyenne Carter, 29, of Grafton, was indicted on one count of burglary and one count of grand larceny.

34-year-old Sean Kody Farris, of Grafton, was charged with one count of attempted grand larceny, and 30-year-old Butch Michael Sugars, of Flemington, faced indictment for two counts of breaking and entering.

Finally, the Taylor County Grand Jury indicted Anthony Todd Faulkiner, 29, of Grafton and Donald Lee Taylor, 59, of Shinnston on the charge of felony escape.

An indictment is merely an accusation.  All defendants are innocent until proven guilty, and each are awaiting hearings and trials for their alleged crimes.

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