Wharton man headed back to prison

Fred Pace

December 30, 2013

MADISON – A Boone County man is headed back to prison for breaking into a house in Wharton.

Michael Clifford White, Jr., 43, of Wharton, pleaded guilty last week in Boone County Circuit Court to nighttime burglary, grand larceny, and four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In September 2009, Boone County Deputy Sheriff David Sutphin received a call of a burglary in Wharton.

Upon arrival, Lt. Sutphin discovered that a window had been broken, and the suspect gained entry through that window.

Sutphin found several items missing including nine firearms.

During his investigation of the scene, Sutphin collected items containing dried blood near the broken window.

Following submission of the bloodied items to the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory for DNA testing, Sutphin received notification that the blood belonged to White.

He later interviewed White at the McDowell Correctional Center in Welch.

White, who was serving time for first degree robbery out of Mercer County, admitted to his involvement in the Wharton burglary.

In court last week, White again admitted his role in the burglary.

Following his guilty plea in Circuit Court, White was sentenced to prison for up to 45 years.

Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph commended the Sheriff’s Department and Lt. Sutphin.

“It took some time to develop the evidence and a suspect in this case, but Lt. Sutphin remained focused on solving the crime,” Randolph said.

In other Boone County courtroom news,Brandon K. Davis, 29, of Seth, was sentenced to prison at a hearing in Circuit Court last week.

Davis pleaded guilty in November to Breaking and Entering, Petit Larceny and Brandishing a Weapon. Davis was arrested last May following an investigation by Chief P. E. Boehm of the Danville Police Department.

Boehm’s investigation showed that Davis broke into an outbuilding on Price Branch Road and stole various tools. Davis will serve up to 10 years in prison.

Jeremiah Billups, 27, of Danville, was sent to prison last week in Boone County Circuit Court.

Billups pleaded guilty to Burglary and Petit Larceny in 2011.

Billups was granted an alternative sentence, but violated the conditions.

In court, the Prosecuting Attorney requested that Billups’s alternative sentence be revoked and that he be sent to prison. The court agreed. Billups will spend up to 10 years in prison.

Jonathan Allen Adkins, 31, of Seth, was sent to prison for up to 10 years last week in Boone County Circuit Court.

He pleaded guilty in March to Attempted Breaking and Entering for his role in the attempted break-in of a Whitesville business.