Plants announced in August his office would drop the charge because a year had passed without the case being presented to a grand jury. But after three months the charge remained active in Kanawha Circuit Court.
"They don't automatically disappear," Plants said of criminal charges. "His attorney didn't immediately make the motion for it to be dismissed."
James Cagle, Conifer's attorney, filed a motion to dismiss the charge and release the $5,000 cash bond, paid in July by Ardith Michaux, on Oct. 25.
The motion asserted that three grand jury terms had passed since the case was sent to circuit court from magistrate court and also that the prosecutor's office had stated publicly the case would not go to the grand jury.
The document also claimed "efforts by those who posted the bond to receive their refunds have been rebuffed."
Michaux filed a document on Oct. 17 seeking the money. The request was eventually granted, and without a bond Conifer was sent back to jail.
Conifer was booked into South Central Regional Jail about 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. He spent four nights there over the holiday weekend and described the experience as "indescribably awful" in a brief email to the Daily Mail.
The charges were officially dropped last week. Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib signed the order dismissing a single charge of receiving support from prostitution just hours after Conifer was released from the jail.
His mother, Dorothy Conifer of Tennessee, posted his $5,000 bond on Nov. 26. Zakaib signed the order hours later.
Conifer declined to comment on the matter itself but said in the email, "I'm extremely relieved it has finally been put to rest.
"I deeply appreciate how efficiently and diligently the circuit clerk's office acted to ensure the re-posting of my bond on Monday morning.
"My mother was profoundly grateful for the kindness and compassion the clerks showed her."
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.