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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Logan man nets 1 to 10 in railroad theft plea

A Logan County man named in a six-count grand jury indictment concerning offenses against Norfolk Southern Railway Co., received two prison sentences Thursday of one to 10 years each.

Jerry Jerome McNeely, 21, of Omar, appeared before Chief Judge Michael Thornsbury as he pled guilty to two charges — breaking and entering a storage building owned by Norfolk Southern and grand larceny.

The sentences will be served concurrently (at the same time). McNeely was assessed the usual court fees and was directed to make restitution to Norfolk Southern Railway. He will receive credit for time served in jail while awaiting trial.

McNeely waived pre-sentencing investigation and probation after pleading guilty and was then sentenced to a state correctional facility. He was represented by Attorney Kathy Cisco Sturgell. Assistant Mingo County Prosecutor Teresa D. Maynard appeared for the state.

In return for his pleas, four other charges will be dismissed by the state. One includes conspiracy with others in breaking and entering a storage building owned by Norfolk Southern on June 19, 2008.

McNeely’s other charges were conspiring to steal and carry away property owned by Norfolk Southern Railway and valued at $1,000 or more; feloniously injuring and defacing guard rails owned by Norfolk Southern and valued at approximately $3,447.26, and holding and using an altered registration plate in violation of West Virginia Code. Besides the guard rails, stolen railway equipment also included rail lubricator equipment valued at approximately $14,970.91


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