MADISON, W. Va. – A Boone County woman was sentenced to prison for her role in an attempted robbery in 2005. Carrie Ann Cook, 28, of Bob White, received a prison sentence of up to 18 years on Monday in Boone County Circuit Court.
In March 2005, Cook entered the Madison Go-Mart during the early morning hours. She cornered and pushed the store clerk and demanded money from the cash register and the safe. She fled without any money when she observed store customers entering the store. Police later arrested her in the Madison area.
Cook pled guilty to Attempted Second Degree Robbery in 2006, and she was placed on probation. She later violated her probation when she tested positive for morphine and hydrocodone. After testing positive, she fled the supervision of the Court.
Cook was the subject of a WCHS Fugitive Files episode in November. Shortly after its airing, she was arrested near Charlotte, NC. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department returned Cook to Boone County shortly thereafter.
At Cook’s sentencing hearing, she admitted she violated the terms of her probation when she left West Virginia. In response, prosecutors argued that Cook should be sentenced to prison. The Court agreed and ordered Cook to prison for 5 to 18 years.
Man sent to prison for selling pills
MADISON, W. Va. – A Boone County man was sentenced to prison for selling prescription narcotics. Barry Gene Mounts, 52, of Ottawa, pled guilty to 3 counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Boone County Circuit Court last Wednesday.
The West Virginia State Police and the U.S. 119 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force began an 18 month investigation into Mounts in May 2010. Over the course of that time, officers purchased oxycodone, oxymorphone and roxicodone, all prescription narcotics, from Mounts. Then, in May 2011, State Police served a search warrant on Mounts’ home and seized over 800 prescription pills and $44,162 in cash. After being released on bond, State Police served a second search warrant on Mounts’ home and seized more prescription pills and an additional $1,939 in cash.
After pleading guilty, prosecutors sought the imposition of a prison sentence for Mounts. Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson agreed and sentenced Mounts to up to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors also sought the forfeiture of over $32,000 in cash for which the investigation showed as proceeds of Mounts’ drug sales. Judge Thompson agreed and ordered the money forfeited to the State.
When asked about the case, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph said that “the use of prescription drugs is strangling Boone County and the coalfields. Prescription drug use is not just a law enforcement problem - it is a community problem, a health problem, and a workplace problem. Only by a thorough and deliberate investigation are we able to successfully prosecute people like Barry Mounts. We thank the West Virginia State Police and the U.S. 119 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force for their work in this case.”
Man sentenced for role in multiple crimes
MADISON, W. Va. – A Boone County man was sentenced to prison yesterday for his role in multiple crimes dating back to 2004. Robert Bingley Atkins, Jr., 34, of Gordon, pled guilty to Destruction of Property, Uttering and Petit Larceny before Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson.
In September 2004, Atkins was charged with Destruction of Property for cutting a convertible top on a Mitsubishi Eclipse in order to steal a purse located in the car. Before his arrest on that charge, Atkins, along with several other people stole and cashed a check at Boone County Bank in Van for over $9,000.
Atkins admitted to his role in cashing the check and receiving a portion of the money. Then, in February 2005, Atkins stole $196.00 from the purse of a woman at the Bob White Carryout. Atkins later violated his bond and fled from authorities. He was arrested earlier this Fall in Boone County.
After entering his guilty plea, Atkins received a prison sentence of up to 10 years for his crimes.