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Huntington man sentenced in '11 arson

Jul. 08, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A Huntington man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a July 2011 arson.

Christopher Lee Chafin, 26, of the 4800 block of Spring Road, was among those recently sentenced in Cabell Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson ordered Chafin to a 4-year prison sentence. It followed Chafin's guilty plea to second-degree arson.

A September 2011 indictment initially charged Chafin with first-degree arson and obstructing an officer.

The indictment was linked to a July 11, 2011, fire in the 2000 block of 8th Avenue.

Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell and Ferguson also issued the following punishments since late June.


Farrell ordered two men -- Jason Matthew Cyrus and David Michael Cyrus -- to serve separate, 1- to 5-year prison sentences.

The judge ordered Jason Cyrus, 21, to serve his sentence apart from a punishment in Kanawha County. No such order was entered in regards to David Cyrus, 33. Both men, from 900 block of 14th Street in Huntington, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

A June 2011 indictment initially charged both men with burglary and first-degree robbery. Both waived their right to a new indictment in pleading guilty.

Plea bargain

Farrell ordered Michael Tally Holmes to a 1- to 3-year prison sentence. He also included a recommendation for the state Parole Board to ban Holmes from Cabell County.

The 25-year-old from Redford, Mich., had pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony.

A May 2011 indictment initially charged Holmes with possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy.


Ferguson ordered Matthew Bailey Hammonds to a 2- to 20-year prison sentence.

The 26-year-old had pleaded guilty to burglary and conspiracy. His record includes Huntington addresses in 2000 block of Johnstown Road, 4200 block of Hughes Street and the 2000 block of 5th Avenue West.

A June 2011 indictment initially charged Hammonds with burglary, first-degree robbery, assault during commission of a felony and conspiracy.


Ferguson ordered Amber Lynn Picklesimer to serve a 5-year prison sentence. It followed news of a recent probation violation.

The 33-year-old, from the first block of Maple Drive East, had pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulent use of an access device.

A February 2011 indictment initially charged Picklesimer with 12 counts of that charge.