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Man faces prison on gun, drug charges

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 12:06 AM

IRONTON -- A Huntington man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to drug- and gun-related charges among others.

Asim McCoy, 33, of the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue, Huntington, was allowed to remain free on $50,000 bond pending final sentencing in the case Oct 2.

McCoy spent at least 10 years in a West Virginia prison after he killed someone when he was a juvenile, according to Mack Anderson, an assistant Lawrence County prosecuting attorney.

McCoy pleaded guilty before Judge Charles "Chuck" Cooper to two counts of having weapons while under disability (being a felon in possession of a firearm), receiving stolen property, trafficking in drugs (heroin), possession of drugs and tampering with evidence.

Two gun specification charges and a a misdemeanor charge of falsification were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

In an unrelated case, Michael T. Omasta II, 24, of Fort Gay, W.Va., and a co-defendant, Justin A. Shelton, 22, of South Point, both pleaded guilty to attempted burglary. Cooper sentenced both men to three years in prison.

In other cases:

James Costello, 35, of County Road 144, Chesapeake, was sentenced by Judge D. Scott Bowling to community control sanctions on forgery charges.

Nicholas L. Sexton, 25, of the 1300 block of 28th Street, Huntington, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to six months in prison.

William R. Robinson Jr., 27, of Township Road 102, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to three months in prison.

Bobby L. Taylor, 35, of the 1800 block of S. 2nd Street, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to four counts of trafficking in drugs (crack cocaine). Bond was set at $50,000, and a pretrial was set for Oct. 2.

Jason E. Ratcliff, 34, of Township Road 1334, South Point, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs. Final sentencing was set for Oct. 2.

Jason D. Newcomb, 31, of County Road 52, Ironton, was placed on community control sanctions for four years for open dumping/open burning. Newcomb also was fined $1,500. After testing positive for drugs, Cooper also sentenced him to 30 days in the county jail. Newcomb earlier cleaned up solid waste he had dumped on a hillside, officials said.

Nicole Legrand, 32, of Private Drive 3, Chesapeake, admitted to violating community control sanctions by failing to report to probation officials and to testing positive for cocaine. Bowling ordered her to complete drug counseling at Mended Reeds. The judge also ordered her to do 200 hours of community service.

Patricia Layne, 29, of the 300 block of Monroe Street, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to do 100 hours of community service.

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