Hurt indicted by Mason grand jury

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A Mason County Grand Jury met for the third and final time this year on Tuesday and Wednesday, returning 41 indictments.

Included in those indictments, was Richard Allen Hurt, Sr., 48, Gallipolis, for concealment of a deceased human body.

Hurt was sentenced in February by the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas to four years in a state facility after he pleaded guilty in February to the act of dismembering Gallia resident Jessica Berry in 2016.

In Mason County, Hurt is accused of carrying Berry’s remains over state lines and into West Virginia, where he buried them at a residence outside Point Pleasant.

As previously reported, In Gallia County, Hurt pleaded guilty of his own accord with no plea arrangement offered to the third-degree felony of tampering with evidence and the fifth-degree crime of abuse of a corpse. Hurt was sentenced to three years for the third-degree felony and one year for the fifth-degree felony with sentences to run consecutively by Gallia Common Pleas Judge Margaret Evans. In accordance with Ohio Revised Code stipulations, and what Evans felt were issues previously handled in the Gallipolis Municipal Court, Judge Evans sentenced Hurt to the full term of four years in prison as well as post release control stipulations.

Hurt, along with others receiving indictments, are required to appear in the Circuit Court of Mason County at 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at 9 a.m.

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