CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Calling his actions "despicable," Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib sentenced a St. Albans man who robbed a home of items including a late service member's war medals to prison.
Marty Shane Atwell, 38, appeared Tuesday afternoon in Zakaib's courtroom with his attorney, Charles Hamilton. Atwell pleaded guilty in May to nighttime burglary and grand larceny.
He and several others were accused of entering a Clendenin log home late last December and stealing a stainless steel refrigerator, a stove, and even the home's front door. Also taken were war medals awarded posthumously to the homeowner's daughter, Senior Airman Elizabeth Loncki.
Loncki, 23, of New Castle, Del., was a member of the U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team. She and two others were killed in a car bomb explosion near Al-Mahmudiyah, Iraq in 2007. Loncki was the first Delaware woman to die in combat.
Detectives recovered some of the stolen items but the medals were apparently destroyed.
Atwell was on supervised release at the time of the robbery after serving nine years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to sell prescription painkillers. His probation in that matter was revoked after he was arrested in the Clendenin robbery.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston sentenced him in May to two years in federal prison.
Hamilton asked Zakaib to order Atwell's sentence to run concurrent to the federal sentence. He said Atwell put his life in danger when he agreed to testify against others involved as part of the plea agreement.
Erica Lord, Kanawha assistant prosecutor, said he's been punished for the crime he committed in the federal system but not for those on the state level.