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Bank robber awaits sentencing

Nov. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A Barboursville man awaits sentencing for his role in a midsummer bank robbery near Huntington.

William Spencer Farley, 26, pleaded guilty to bank robbery in a July 26 incident at City National Bank, located in the 5200 block of U.S. 60 near West Pea Ridge Road.

U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers set sentencing for Jan. 27, 2014.

Farley signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he entered the bank wearing a hooded-sweatshirt and sunglasses, pointed a gun at the teller and demanded cash. He left with $3,007, according to the statement.

Authorities obtained surveillance video from the bank and two other locations. Each showed a man wearing the same clothing.

Farley agreed to enter the plea without grand jury consideration.

Farley's case was among several involving pleas or sentences recently entered in Chambers' court. Others are listed as follows.

Prior convict admits to gun charge

Joseph R. Elswick, 29, pleaded guilty to having been a felon in possession of a firearm. Sentencing is set for Feb. 3, 2014.

Elswick signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he possessed a .32 caliber pistol Dec. 27, 2012, in Hurricane, W.Va. The arrest followed officers responding to a report of suspicious activity. He had been prohibited from possessing a firearm at the time due to a February 2009 conviction for unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor in Kentucky.

Man admits role in diesel theft

Charles Raymond Franklin had pleaded guilty to receipt of stolen government property. Sentencing is set for Jan. 27, 2014.

Franklin signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he received approximately 196 gallons of diesel fuel, which had been stolen by a co-defendant. The fuel, taken from the Naval Special Warfare Command program in Red House, W.Va., carried an estimated value of $650.

Woman pleads guilty in pill case

Anita D. Clark pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone, the sole count of her indictment. Sentencing is set for Jan. 21, 2014.

Clark entered the plea without benefit of a plea agreement. The indictment charged Clark with having distributed prescription pills May 15 near Culloden. The timeframe coincides with an arrest on state drug charges.

Heroin case nets two guilty pleas

Bryan Michael Adams, 23, and Courtney Danielle Baylous, 22, entered separate guilty pleas to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute heroin. Both are set to be sentenced Jan. 21, 2014.

Both signed agreements with prosecutors stating they possessed approximately 110 grams of heroin during a May 9 traffic stop at Allen Avenue and Main Street in Barboursville. Despite the weight exceeding 100 grams, prosecutors allowed each to plea guilty to a reduced charge in exchange for their admissions.

The heroin consisted of 70 grams found within two packages and 40 grams from Baylous. Authorities also seized scales, a ledger and $4,760 cash. Both listed their source of five to six months as a person in Detroit.

Man sentenced in heroin case

Dejuan Bernard Downer received a two-year prison sentence. He had pleaded guilty to distributing heroin, the sole count of his indictment.

Downer, 23, had signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he sold a gram of heroin to a confidential informant for $200. It occurred March 7 at a restaurant parking lot along 8th Street in Huntington. It further states Downer had raised his prices at the time to recoup two ounces of heroin, which were lost due to a seizure in Ashland.

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