Kanawha man could face 15 years on grand larceny, meth charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Kanawha County man could serve up to 15 years in prison for grand larceny and conspiracy to make methamphetamine.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom handed down the sentence to William Booth, 35, on Tuesday.
The grand larceny sentence stemmed from an incident that occurred Nov. 12, 2012, when tires and wheels were taken from a vehicle parked along Kanawha Boulevard.
The drug charge stemmed from a January incident. At that time, state police troopers arrested Jodie Lee Wisen, 23, of Belle, and Booth, of Cabin Creek, on unrelated charges, according to a press release issued by the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office at that time.
Deputies removed two infants from the home after officials from Department of Health and Human Resources received reports of possible child neglect. Deputies found coffee filters allegedly containing meth.
Booth was sentenced to drug rehabilitation but said he did not complete the program because he could not afford to pay the $40 weekly fee.
However, he said he has remained drug free and volunteered to take an immediate drug test. The judge agreed and the test showed no drugs in his system.
During the time he was out of the courtroom for the test, his wife said they once had a good marriage that was rocked by his addiction. Amanda Booth said William was once a stay-at-home dad while she worked as a registered nurse. "You couldn't ask for a better husband."
She said they have been married more than 10 years and she did not know about the incident with Wisen until she saw it on the news.
Amanda, who is also the mother of a 12-year-old son, said she was humiliated when people saw her in public and assumed she was the woman whose children had been taken away.
She said her husband has been staying away from drugs and she wants her family back together.
"He's doing good and we're trying," she said. "I want to give him hope to do it, to hold onto something."
William Booth told the judge he had found employment as a heavy equipment operator and could start work on Monday at a salary of $10 an hour.
While Booth had shown progress, the judge said it was unacceptable that he did not complete the drug rehabilitation program and questioned his ability to stay on track. He also noted a list of previous criminal charges and said that Booth "is no choir boy."
Booth was sentenced to one to 10 years for grand larceny and one to five for conspiracy to make methamphetamine. Sentences are not to be served concurrently.
As the prison sentences were read, his wife and daughter wept.
As he was led from the courtroom, he turned to them and said, "I love you."
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1246.
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