Pleas entered in drug cases


Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com



POINT PLEASANT — Two men have entered into plea agreements in Mason County Circuit Court after being indicted by the grand jury on drug charges earlier this year.

Grafton A. Howard, 23, Elk Ridge, Md. and Jordan Armstrong, 20, Point Pleasant, were both indicted by the January term of the grand jury on drug charges. Armstrong was indicted for delivery of controlled substance times two and conspiracy, while Howard was indicted for delivery of controlled substance and conspiracy.

This week, Armstrong appeared before Judge David W. Nibert alongside his Attorney Tanya Handley, with the state represented by Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson. Armstrong entered a guilty plea to the felony offense of conspiracy as charged in count three of the indictment, and a plea of guilty to the misdemeanor offense of conspiracy, a lesser included offense contained in count three of the indictment. In exchange for the plea, the state was to move the court to dismiss the other counts.

Also this week, Howard appeared before Judge Nibert alongside his Attorney Damon B. Morgan, Jr., with the state again represented by Tatterson. Howard entered a plea of guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy as charged in count three of the indictment, and a plea of guilty to the misdemeanor offense of conspiracy, a lesser included offense as contained in count three of the indictment. In exchange for the plea, the state was to move the court to dismiss the other counts.

No sentencing order had been filed in either case though both men are to reappear before Judge Nibert on June 10.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, back in October and November 2014, the two men were accused of conspiring to sell heroin on “several occasions,” operating out of the Burdette Addition area of Point Pleasant. The investigation into this case was lead by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.

The arresting officer was Deputy J. L. Cavender.

Beth Sergent

bsergent@civitasmedia.com

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

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