CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The former host of a local crime show has pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Andrew Lynne Palmer, 46, of Sissonville was arrested in May and charged with stealing two vehicles from Capital City Auto Auction. He pleaded guilty to the theft of one vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler valued at $25,000.
In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed not to recommend a sentence. He could spend up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced by Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman Nov. 27.
He is currently on home confinement after posting a $50,000 bond.
Palmer once hosted a local cable television show that featured local unsolved crimes and criminals who were on the police wanted list. He also founded the group "Chainbreakers" in an attempt to keep youths from gangs, guns and violence.
Prosecutors said Palmer had just been released from home confinement when he was arrested in May. That sentence was related to another theft in 2007.
Kaufman acknowledged Thursday that Palmer has a long history of criminal activity and incarcerations.
As part of this plea agreement, however, the state will dismiss other current cases against Palmer, which include some charges in magistrate court and drug charges. Prosecutors also agreed not to ask that his sentence be enhanced based on past felonies.
His attorney, Clinton Smith, told the judge that Palmer also may be facing federal charges.
When police posted a warrant for Palmer's arrest in May, they indicated he was considered "armed and dangerous." Prosecutors said he vowed that he would shoot police before he would return to jail.
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