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Wise grand jury indicts 50

Mike Still • Nov 25, 2019 at 8:23 AM

WISE — A Wise County grand jury has indicted 50 people on more than 130 felony and misdemeanor charges.

Among Wednesday’s grand jury indictments, charges included 59 drug-related offenses, two sex offenses, an adult abuse and a child abuse charge among others.

Joseph Howard, 27, 8003 Mockingbird Lane, Pound, was indicted on three felony charges of indecent liberties with a child under 15, carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old, abduction of a child under 18, and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charges stem from an alleged Aug. 2, 2018 incident. The charges carry a maximum total of 30 years in prison and 12 months in jail for a conviction.

Brianna Nicole Johnson, 23, 34 9th St. NW Apt. 5A, Norton, was indicted on one felony charge of child abuse and neglect, felony second offense possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance with intent to distribute and felony second offense conspiracy to possess a substance with intent to distribute. Conviction on both charges carries a maximum total prison sentence of 45 years.

Danny Ray Kiser, 54, 123 Vandiver Drive, Coeburn, faces felony charges of abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult and possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance. Conviction on both charges carries a total maximum sentence of 50 years.

Joel David Dingus, 48, 3520 Fairfax Road, Coeburn, faces charges stemming from incidents in 2018 and 2019. Dingus was indicted on attempted felony escape, two charges of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and obstruction of justice with force. Dingus was also indicted on felony possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance related to a January 2019 incident and on the same charge in connection with a May 19, 2019 incident. Conviction on all seven charges carries a maximum total prison sentence of 50 years.

Debbie Stanley, 32, 774 Old Three C Road, Haysi, was indicted on seven felony counts of credit card forgery and one felony charge of credit card fraud stemming from incidents in August and September 2019. On conviction, the charges carry a maximum combined prison term of 75 years.

Christopher Shane Mullins, also of 774 Old Three C Road, Haysi, was indicted on seven counts of felony credit card forgery and one felony charge of credit card fraud for incidents ion August and September. Those charges also carry a maximum combined 75 years in prison on conviction.

Thomas Gene Gross, 54, 106 Riddle St., Norton, was indicted on one count of inducing a person to commit perjury and two felony counts of conspiracy to commit perjury, stemming from incidents in October and November. Each charge carries a maximum 10-year prison term.

Roger C. Pennell, 58, 133 Blankenship Road, Taylorsville, North Carolina, was indicted on one felony charge each of grand larceny of a motor vehicle and destruction of property with intent. The charges stem from two incidents on May 29 involving the alleged theft of a privately owned motor vehicle and the destruction or damage of a Coeburn-Norton-Wise Sewer Authority all-terrain vehicle. The two charges carry a maximum total 25-year prison term and, in the case of the grand larceny charge, a maximum six-month driver’s license suspension.

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