Defendant in arson enters plea of guilty

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Common Pleas Court saw a number of probation revocations and pleas Monday. Judge Jennifer L. Sargus presided.

Herbert Brown, 60, Triadelphia, West Virginia pleaded guilty to aggravated arson, a felony of the second degree occurring March 3 in Barnesville when he attempted to set fire to a family member’s house after a dispute. He faces a maximum sentence of eight years and a fine of $15,000. An IQ evaluation was ordered. Sentencing will take place April 9.

Erika Diane Duncan, 2152 1/2 Guernsey Street, Bellaire, will serve six months in EOCC and 154 days in jail, with credit for 125. Her original offense was possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree occurring June 17.

Michael Jerome Fletcher saw the revocation of probation. He will serve six months in jail. His original offense was domestic violence, a felony of the third degree occurring October 2010.

John Edward Gavarkavich Jr. was terminated from drug court for violating the rules. His original offense was deception to obtain a dangerous drug, a felony of the fifth degree occurring September 2010. Sentencing was set for April 9.

John Alexander Knox, 68111 Bobbie Jo Drive, St. Clairsville, will serve four and half months in EOCC for breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree occurring June 16.

Charles Allen McGowen saw the revocation of his probation. He was sentenced to four and a have years in the penitentiary, to run concurrent with his current sentence. His original offense was robbery, a felony of the third degree occurring June 2008.

Warrants were issued for William Paul McKinney, Jason Alexander Ruskin, and Vallis Eugene Stephen.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com.