Man convicted in slaying removes request to nix guilty pleas
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man convicted in a double slaying has removed a request to revoke his guilty pleas.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 43-year-old Bobby Gene Hall removed the request Monday. Hall’s attorney, Dan Holstein, said Hall wished to avoid a trial and accepted the 40-year sentence handed down by Judge Jennifer Bailey.
Hall pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder in the slayings 55-year-old Timothy Jett and 38-year-old Audrey Short. Hall was allowed to revoke the pleas after Bailey sentenced him in May to at least 20 more years in prison than recommended in a deal.
Bailey said she rejected the deal as she struggled with its terms. She said the deal would imprison Hall for a short time “for something that, to these family members, is a life sentence.”
Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.