Convicted murderer to remain imprisoned for life
HUNTINGTON - A Huntington murderer recently convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl after he made parole for the murder charge will most likely never be released from prison after his sentencing Wednesday.
Granville Ray McCloud, 37, was found guilty in November of 21 counts total of incest, sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust and third-degree sexual assault for alleged incidents that occurred from June 2014 to November 2015 involving a teenage girl.
After denying a request Wednesday by defense attorneys Gerald Henderson and Kim Carico to overturn the conviction, Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred E. Ferguson sentenced McCloud to serve 42 to 140 years in prison.
At the time the crime took place, McCloud was out of prison on parole after being convicted of a Huntington murder. His parole has since been revoked and he said Wednesday he had been told by the board if he was convicted on the sexual assault charges, he would not go before the board again.
Should he ever be released from prison, McCloud will have to serve an additional 50 years of supervised release and register as a sex offender.
Prior to his sentencing, rather than apologize to the victim, McCloud criticized his attorneys, stating they did not do a proper job of defending him in the case and did not listen to his wishes for a speedy trial.
“I just feel like I haven’t been getting due process. When I first met Mr. Henderson, I asked for a speedy trial. He told me it’s better to put it off. I asked him several times for discovery (evidence) I never received.”
Ferguson said McCloud is not entitled to copies of all the evidence in his case and it was up to his attorneys to disclose the information to him they felt was important.
“So you’re a victim in this case?” Ferguson asked, to which McCloud responded, “Yeah.”
McCloud had been waiting for trial since January 2016 after the victim’s mother informed police in November 2015 that her teenage daughter told her she was having a sexual relationship with the man. She had been assaulted via oral and vaginal sex in at least three of McCloud’s homes for more than a year after he was released on parole for a murder conviction.
While testifying at trial, McCloud said the girl could have made the allegations because she could have been upset about something and that she often acts out when she is mad.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Henderson argued the lead investigator on the case did not do his due diligence to interview witnesses, have medical tests conducted or look at physical evidence that could have cleared his client.
“It wasn’t just gross negligence,” he said. “He had an agenda, which wasn’t to seek the truth, but to get a conviction. He was not going to do anything that would in any way (negate) the statement of (the victim). In fact, he was making sure that nothing but that statement would be the state’s case.”
He alleged possible credibility issues the victim might have had due to allegations made in the past. He also said the alleged inconsistencies in the victim’s testimony at trial were very troubling.
Assistant prosecutor Kellie Neal pointed to West Virginia statute that says a person can be convicted on the testimony of a victim alone and no other evidence is needed.
Prior to this case, McCloud was released from prison in 2014 after he served 15 years for the murder of 80-year-old Juanita Tia Loretta Hughes when he was 18. Hughes was found deceased Sept. 6, 1998, while bound and gagged in her home in the 1800 block of Jackson Avenue in Huntington.
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