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Murder solicitation, welfare fraud lead 12 indictments

A Carter County Grand Jury handed down 12 indictments on July 12, 2019.

Amanda Jo Berry, 36, of Grayson, is charged with welfare fraud by failing to disclose material facts and making false statements and fraudulently obtained $12,309 in SNAP benefits. A Class D felony.

Charles Burnett, 25, of Grayson, is charged with second-degree escape, second-degree burglary, both Class C felonies. Additionally, they are charged with first degree fleeing and evading police, on foot from the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, and charged with resisting arrest, Class D felony and a Class A misdemeanor, respectively.

Dustin R. Burnett, 24, of Grayson, is charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and first-degree criminal mischief by destroying property belonging to another person and inflicting more than $1,000 in damages. They are Class B misdemeanor and Class D felony, respectively.

Barbara Gilbert, 39, of Olive Hill, is charged with the Class D felony of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, being the fourth offense in 10 years. Additionally, they are charged with two class B misdemeanors: operating a vehicle on a suspended license and first offense of having no insurance.

Shane Edward Johnson, 30, of Grayson, is charged with the Class D felony of committing welfare fraud by failing to disclose material facts and making false statements, thereby fraudulently obtaining $2,517.99 in Medicaid benefits.

Matthew Kelley, 29, of Grayson, is charged with three Class B felonies. On or about April 22 through April 29, he encouraged other persons in the solicitation of murder of two police officers: Detective Jeffery Kelley and Trooper Tyler Daniels, and additionally another unnamed person.

James L. Laber, 58, of Grayson, is charged with two Class D felonies: first degree wanton endangerment of two individuals. Additionally, they are charged with two Class B misdemeanors: two counts of second-degree disorderly conduct. They are also charged with third-degree criminal mischief by intentionally damaging the property of others.

Ashlee Matthews, 28, of West Liberty, is charged with the Class D felony of flagrant non-support by failing to pay $4,868.50 in child support arrears.

Tyler Messer, 26, of Indore, W.Va., is charged with the Class D felony of flagrant non-support by failing to pay $4,230 in child support arrears.

Joshua Mills, 25, of Vanceburg, is charged with the Class D felony of flagrant non-support by failing to pay $3,510.50 in child support arrears.

Gregory Parsons, 34, of Grayson, is charged with three Class A misdemeanors: giving officer false identifying information, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. Additionally, they are charged with the Class B misdemeanor of public intoxication with controlled substance and the Class D felony of first degree, first offense possession of a controlled substance, being heroin.

Jonathan P. Terry, 36, of Catlettsburg, is charged with two Class D felonies: promoting contraband by introducing drugs into the Carter County Detention Center and first-degree, first offense possession of a schedule I or II narcotic drug. Additionally, they charged with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia, Class B and Class A misdemeanors, respectively.

Editor’s Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only. That person is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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