Williams sentenced to prison in forgery case

TAYLOR COUNTY—After being indicted by the Taylor County Grand Jury during their April 2019 term, a Grafton man entered a plea agreement and was sentenced in Taylor County Circuit Court last week.

Gerald Lynn Williams was indicted on the crimes of forgery, uttering and conspiracy to commit a felony.

According to court documents, on March 8, he entered an Alford, or Kennedy, plea to forgery and conspiracy, with the State of West Virginia agreeing to dismiss the uttering charge.

An Alford/Kennedy plea allows the defendant to plead guilty to his charges without actually accepting guilt or responsibility for his actions.

During that hearing, it was ordered the Taylor County Probation Office to prepare a presentence report, which was completed and presented to the court recently.

Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Shawn D. Nines, after hearing no objections from the parties involved, accepted the document. He then addressed sentencing for Williams.

Ultimately, Nines adjudged that Williams would spend a total of one-to-ten years in a West Virginia State Penitentiary on the charge of forgery, and an additional one-to-five years for the crime of conspiracy.

He ordered that the sentences would be run consecutively with one another, making Williams’s effective sentence a term of not less than two nor more than 15 years in prison.

The sentenced imposed in Taylor County was then ordered to be served consecutively with one from the Circuit Court of Harrison County that was enacted on October 27, 2021, for forgery and uttering.

In addition, the sentence was decreed to be served consecutive to a sentence handed down in Lewis County Circuit Court for the same charge, that began on September 29, 2021.

Furthermore, Nines ordered that Williams would receive credit for time served with an effective date of April 15, 2019, until his subsequent release on April 1, 2020, due to COVID-19 protocols that were put into place.

Williams was then remanded to the Pruntytown Correctional Facility to serve his time.


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