PHILIPPI—Andrew D. Wells, 41, was found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the felony offenses of “Sexual Assault in the First Degree” and “Sexual Abuse of a Child by a Parent, Guardian, or Custodian” on Friday, July 31, following a week-long trial. The jury deliberated for two hours on Friday before returning a guilty verdict on these two counts.
Judge Shawn D. Nines presided over the trial. Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Hoxie represented the State, and Attorney Jason Wingfield represented Mr. Wells. West Virginia State Police Trooper Joshua Tallman investigated the case and was assisted by West Virginia State Police Sgt. Andrew Loudin. Mr. Wells was accused and found guilty of forcing his step-daughter to engage in sexual intercourse with him while he was caring for her in 2016.
Mr. Wells now faces a potential sentence of 35 to 120 years in prison for his crimes. Judge Nines ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be completed by the Probation office prior to sentencing. Mr. Wells remains incarcerated pending sentencing.