Racine man pleads guilty to home invasion

Fred Pace

November 13, 2013

MADISON, W. Va. – A Racine man is headed to prison following a guilty plea for his role in a home invasion.

Christopher Harper, 29, pled guilty last week in Boone County Circuit Court to robbery in the first degree.

In July 2012, Deputy J. P. Dent of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint from a Racine resident who reported that a man broke into his home and beat him with an unknown object and stole various items.

The investigation led police to Harper who lived in the neighborhood.

Harper was arrested shortly thereafter and has remained in jail ever since.

Last week, Harper admitted his role in the robbery.

Following his guilty plea, Harper was sentenced to prison for 13 years.

• In other Boone County courtroom news, a Madison man pleaded guilty to illegal drug charge last week in Boone County Circuit Court.

James Mitchell, 63, of Madison, pled guilty to the delivery of Roxicodone.

Mitchell was indicted by a Boone County Grand Jury in April on one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

He was charged following an investigation by TFC J. R. Brewer of the West Virginia State Police.

Following his guilty plea, Mitchell was sentenced to up to 5 years in prison.

• A Danville man is headed to prison following a court hearing last week.

Danny Ray McNeely, Jr., 21, pled guilty in Boone County Circuit Court to credit card fraud and escape.

In January, Madison Police received a call from a local resident who claimed her purse had been stolen from her car.

Not long after the theft, police learned that a credit card belonging to the victim had been used at a local business.

After interviewing the clerk of the business, Madison police identified McNeely as the suspect for the theft and use of the credit card. He was later arrested.

After his arrest, McNeely was placed on home confinement as a condition of his bond.

Less than a week after his release on bond, McNeely fled the confinement of his home and cut-off the home confinement bracelet belonging to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department charged McNeely with Escape, and later, he was arrested following a pursuit and foot chase.

In court last week, McNeely admitted to the theft and escape pursuant to a plea agreement with the state.

McNeely requested that the Judge William S. Thompson place him on an alternative sentence.

However, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph objected citing McNeely’s fleeing from home confinement in February. Judge Thompson agreed with Randolph and denied McNeely’s request.

McNeely was sentenced to 11 years in prison.