Point man sentenced in assault case

Beth Sergent

November 5, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — A Point Pleasant man who was arrested after beating a man he believed burglarized his home in 2012, has been sentenced.

William R. McDermitt appeared before Judge Thomas C. Evans, III, on Monday in Mason County Circuit Court to be sentenced for his guilty plea to malicious assault, wanton endangerment and conspiracy to commit a felony. McDermitt was originally also charged with kidnapping, a charge which was dismissed in light of his plea agreement.

Evans sentenced McDermitt to two to 10 years for malicious assault, five years for wanton endangerment and one to five years for conspiracy to commit a felony, all to run consecutively. However, Evans decided to stay the sentence in favor of putting McDermitt on Home Confinement. If McDermitt violates the terms of his home confinement, he will be sent to prison.

McDermitt’s attorney, Shawn Bayliss, filed the motion for home confinement consideration, saying his client was released on bond with a condition of home confinement without incident. In addition, up until the case’s original disposition date in July, he maintained full-time employment and may return to his prior employment with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

McDermitt was committed to the department of corrections for a 60-day evaluation prior to his sentencing and up until yesterday, remained in the state’s custody. An order releasing McDermitt from the Western Regional Jail was signed on Monday by Evans.

In all, McDermitt has already served 148 days in jail and 433 days of home incarceration as a result of the 2012 incident. In Bayliss’ motion, McDermitt agrees to pay any home confinement fees, fines and restitution. Bayliss’ motion also said McDermitt was prepared to commit to continued counseling as well as continued drug screenings as part of his home confinement terms. McDermitt is also listed as the father of three whom he is financially responsible for with one child living with him at his residence.

Last April, law enforcement officials said David F. Greene, Letart, was kidnapped by McDermitt after McDermitt accused Greene of burglarizing his home on Oshel Rd. In his plea entered into the court record, McDermitt states, after his home was burglarized, he gathered information from a witness which led him to believe it was Greene, then, McDermitt assaulted Greene.

Originally, McDermitt’s wife, Elizabeth C. McDermitt, was also charged in the crime but all charges were later dismissed against her.

William is also an honorably discharged combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia.

Representing the state on Monday was Special Prosecuting Attorney Kennad Skeen, II. This article based upon recent filings in the office of Circuit Clerk Bill Withers.