POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A Gallipolis man accused of attempting to run down a Mason County (W.Va.) Sheriff’s Department deputy has been sentenced.
James H. Moore, 33, recently appeared in Mason County Circuit Court before Judge David W. Nibert and entered guilty pleas to alleged felony fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference, felony breaking and entering and felony attempt to transfer stolen goods.
As previously reported, Moore was indicted by the September 2015 term of the grand jury for attempted murder; destruction of property; fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference; bringing into this state, property stolen in another state; attempt to transfer stolen goods, breaking and entering, five counts; petit larceny; and grand larceny. These charges were contained within two separate indictments.
According to the sentencing order filed in the office of Mason County Circuit Court Clerk Bill Withers, Judge Nibert sentenced Moore as follows: On the conviction for the felony offense of breaking and entering, not less than one year, nor more than 10 years in jail. On his conviction for the felony offense of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference, not less than one year, nor more than five years in jail, and fined $1,000. For his conviction of the felony offense of attempt to transfer stolen goods, not less than one year, nor more than three years in jail. The court ordered the sentences be served concurrently. Moore was credited for time already served.
Representing the state in this case was Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson. Moore was represented by Attorney Bryan Cromley.
As for the attempted murder charge, according to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, on Aug. 10, 2015, Cpl. T. L. Powell of the sheriff’s department was called by the owners of Poor Man’s Pawn Shop on Huntington Road in Apple Grove. The owners said Moore was allegedly trying to pawn or sell a behind utility trailer. Powell ran the information through the Mason County 911 Center and it was not matching the information Moore was giving the owners of the pawn shop, according to the complaint.
Powell then drove to the pawn shop to speak with Moore about the trailer, but upon his arrival Moore was exiting the building. After the shop owner had pointed out Moore, Powell approached the passenger side front fender of Moore’s vehicle and asked him to stop. At this time, Powell says Moore placed the vehicle into reverse and began backing out at a high rate of speed and turned to exit the driveway. Powell then stepped in front of the vehicle, held up his hand and was shouting for Moore to stop so he could speak to him. Powell then said Moore pointed at him, put the vehicle in drive and accelerated at a high rate of speed and came directly at Powell. Powell said he was able to move from front of the vehicle without injury.
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