Byrd Pleads Guilty to Assault in a Health Care Worker Case

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Robert Byrd entered into a plea agreement in Lewis County Circuit Court on Friday, when he pleaded guilty to unlawful assault on a healthcare worker.
Byrd was indicted in July, 2016, on the charges. His attorney, Hunter Simmons, requested a pre-trial investigation prior to sentencing.
Byrd will be responsible for court costs, restitution, and attorney’s fees. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 16. Byrd was found competent to stand trial in March.
In an unrelated case, Barbara Stamper appeared for her preliminary hearing. The state motioned for a continuance, with no objection from the defense.
Her trial date is set for June 22. Stamper was originally indicted on one count financial exploitation of an elderly person and one count conspiracy to commit financial exploitation of an elderly person.
Michael Stamper appeared for his preliminary hearing. The state asked for a continuance, and the defense did not object. Stamper was indicted on one count exploitation of an elderly person and one count conspiracy to commit financial exploitation of an elderly person. His trial is set for June 26.
Diedre Blake appeared for her preliminary hearing. The requested a continuance as they were waiting on lab results. The defense objected, but Reger continued within the current term of court. Blake’s trial is set for June 14.
Anastasia Rayworth appeared for a probation violation hearing. The state said Rayworth has been doing well, according to probation officer Bradley Tenney. The state recommended 60 days home confinement as an alternative sentence.
Michael Ketterman completed a successful stay at the Anthony Center, and the state recommended probation and restitution.
Defense attorney David Orndorff asked for time for his client to pay the restitution, and Reger said beginning June 1, Ketterman will start making payments.
Reger suspended his sentence, but Ketterman still faces charges in Taylor and Barbour Counties. He will be on probation for three years.

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