The Times West Virginian

January 23, 2013

Horton withdraws Alford plea

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — William Michael Horton Jr. was all set to be sentenced after copping an Alford plea to charges left over from his December 2011 trial in a failed robbery turned homicide.

He had been tried then on six counts: conspiracy to commit a felony, kidnapping, two counts of nighttime burglary and two counts of nighttime robbery.

A jury convicted him of conspiracy, acquitted him of kidnapping and could not decide on the remaining four charges.

He was scheduled for trial on those charges in November 2012 when he entered an Alford plea to first-degree robbery.

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