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Man admits to 2017 robberies in Huntington

November 26, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A man accused of perpetrating several robberies in Huntington last year admitted to robbing two locations before a Cabell circuit judge earlier this year.

Charles Martin, 49, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery. Cabell Circuit Judge Gregory Howard sentenced him to a 10-year prison sentence.

Martin and a female were arrested in December 2017 after being accused of working together to rob convenience stores and gas stations since October as a way “to buy heroin,” according to criminal complaints. Police saw Martin allegedly fleeing a convenience store at the intersection of 9th Avenue and 10th Street after one robbery and arrested him in the parking lot, according to a press release.

In a separate case, a man admitted to wanton endangerment in firing a gun last year that was reported stolen, along with more than 100 other firearms, from Sportsman’s Gun and Pawn in Barboursville.

Darrius McCurty, 31, of Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty to two counts of wanton endangerment and receiving stolen property. Howard sentenced him to serve a two- to 10-year prison sentence.

Huntington police were called to the shooting around 3:25 a.m. July 20, 2017, in the 800 block of 7th Avenue, arresting McCurty, the shooter, on scene. No injuries were reported.

McCurty has not been prosecuted in relation to the robbery from the gun shop.

The following unrelated sentences were recently handed down in Cabell Circuit Court in Huntington:

•n Leonard A. Johnson, 49, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and driving under the influence. Farrell sentenced him to a one- to 10-year prison sentence and a $100 fine. Johnson had 16 prior felonies to this case.

• Christopher McCallister, 28, pleaded guilty to grand larceny. Howard sentenced him to serve three years’ probation. A one- to 10-year prison sentence was suspended.

• Tyler Kissinger, 21, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to forgery, battery and fleeing in a vehicle. Howard sentenced him to serve a two- to 15-year prison sentence.

• Jackie McComas II, 39, of Lesage, pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle. Howard sentenced her to serve three years’ probation after suspending a one- to five-year prison sentence.

• Devonte McDaniel, 29, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Howard sentenced him to serve two to 30 years in prison.

• Christopher Miles, 29, of Milton, pleaded guilty to transferring stolen property. Howard sentenced him to time served.

• Jay Norton, 59, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to brandishing and battery. Howard sentenced him to time served.

• Antoine Qualls, 36, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Howard sentenced him to serve two years’ probation after a one- to 15-year prison sentence was suspended.

• Brent Saxton, 26, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver. Howard sentenced him to serve three years on probation after suspending a one- to three-year prison sentence.

• Mark Smith, 28, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to grand larceny and transferring stolen property. Howard sentenced him to serve a two- to 20-year prison sentence.

• Jake Spurlock, 40, of Milton, pleaded guilty to two counts of battery on a police officer. Howard sentenced him to serve two years of probation after suspended a one year jail sentence.

• Curtis Sudderth, 38, of Huntington, entered a Kennedy plea to domestic battery. Howard sentenced him to time he had already served.

A Kennedy plea allows a conviction without the defendant admitting guilt or explaining his role in a crime.

• Robert Taylor, 32, of Huntington, entered a Kennedy plea to domestic battery. Howard sentenced him to serve one year of probation.

• Anna Wilson, 47, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempt to commit a felony. Howard sentenced her to serve three years’ probation after suspending a two- to six-year prison sentence.

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