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Two sentenced in Go-Mart robbery

Nov. 17, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A man and woman have been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for their roles in the January holdup of a gasoline station just east of Huntington.

Rocky Eugene Burgess and Tisha Billups were sentenced earlier this month by Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell. Both had entered pleas convicting themselves of first-degree robbery.

Burgess, 32, of West Hamlin, W.Va., received a 14-year prison sentence. His punishment included two years for having escaped from home confinement.

Billups, 31, of the 400 block of McComas Road in Salt Rock, received a 10-year prison sentence.

The suspects were initially charged with having conspired to and carrying out the Jan. 23 robbery, according to an indictment returned in February.

Their robbery targeted the Go-Mart station located along U.S. 60 at its 29th Street interchange with Interstate 64. The indictment states Burgess and Billups went around the counter, pushed the clerk down and took cash from her register.

At the time, an investigator estimated the duo fled with $598 cash. Authorities followed their footprints for approximately a half-mile along the Guyandotte River to the Huntington Inn motel, where both were taken into custody.

Billups entered a Kennedy plea to first-degree robbery, which allows for a conviction without the defendant admitting guilt or describing his or her participation in the crime.

Burgess simply pleaded guilty to robbery and escape from home confinement. He agreed to enter the home confinement plea without a grand jury indictment.

Farrell and fellow Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson also issued punishments in the following criminal cases:

Wounding case leads to prison

Ferguson ordered Larry Keith Shepard to a 1- to 5-year prison sentence.

Shepard, 19, of the 1100 block of 25th Street had pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding. A June 2012 indictment initially charged Shepard with first-degree robbery and malicious wounding.

Man sentenced on reduced charge

Ferguson ordered James Eric Estep to a 5- to 18-year prison sentence. That punishment will be served separate from a sentence in Wayne County.

Estep, 23, of the 1400 block of Cedar Crest Drive had pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery. A January 2012 indictment initially charged Estep with first-degree robbery and conspiracy.

Copper case nets probation

Farrell ordered Lee Roy Hindman to serve two years of probation, after the judge suspended a 1- to 3-year prison sentence.

Hindman, 31, of the first block of Davidson Court in Branchland had pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony. A March 2012 indictment initially accused Hindman of that charge and a count of conspiracy.

The case involved stolen copper wire from utility poles.

Probation ordered for petit larceny

Ferguson ordered Brandon Frasher to a year-and-a-half of probation after the judge suspended a 1-year jail sentence.

Frasher had pleaded guilty to petit larceny. He agreed to enter the plea without a grand jury indictment.

Property case leads to jail, restitution

Ferguson ordered Thaddeous Reams to a 10-month jail sentence with restitution.

Reams, 25, with addresses in Lesage and Milton, had pleaded guilty to destruction of property. A March 2012 indictment initially charged Reams with breaking and entering, conspiracy and destruction of property.

Woman gets probation in grand larceny case

Farrell ordered Anna Elizabeth Gilpin to three years of probation after the judge suspended a 1- to 10-year prison sentence. One year of probation must be served on home confinement.

Gilpin, 29, of the 2900 block of Chase Street in Huntington had pleaded guilty to grand larceny. A May 2012 indictment initially charged Gilpin with grand larceny and breaking and entering.

Ohio woman gets probation

Farrell ordered Sheena R. Scarberry to serve two years of probation after the judge suspended a 1- to 10 year prison sentence.

Scarberry, 27, of the Private Drive 78 in South Point, Ohio, had pleaded guilty to grand larceny. A September 2011 indictment initially charged Scarberry with grand larceny and assault during the commission of a felony.