The Times West Virginian

January 11, 2014

Authorities arrest Fairmont man and his wife

By Kristen Talerico
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A Marion County man has been arrested on multiple counts of transferring and receiving stolen goods.

William Edward Lewis, 69, of Fairmont, was arrested Jan. 9 and charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, transferring and receiving stolen property.

Lewis’ wife, Sherry L. Lewis, 45, also of Fairmont, was also arrested Jan. 9. She was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony.

According to the criminal complaint, William Lewis had purchased stolen property from a confidential informant and other people. Among the stolen goods were three computers from Walmart and a 263-piece Craftsman tool kit from Sears.

The complaint also said deputies set up the informant with two Hitachi cordless drills, a flat-screen TV and a total of $1,200. An undercover deputy drove the informant to the Lewis’ residence at 517 Hoult Road. The informant then sold the drills and TV to Lewis for $300.

Chief Deputy Ralph Wright of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department said a search warrant was then obtained for the property.

“Once inside the house, new computers, chain saws, TVs, guns, tools, one pound of marijuana, digital scales, several gallon-sized plastic bags with marijuana residue in them, and more than $40,000 U.S. currency were found,” Wright said.

Both William Lewis and Sherry Lewis were arraigned Friday morning in Marion County Magistrate Court. William Lewis’ bail was set at $40,000. Sherry Lewis’ bail was set at $20,000.

Both are housed at the North Central Regional Jail.

A conviction of receiving and transferring stolen goods brings a sentence of no less than one nor more than five years, or in the discretion of the court be confined in a state correctional facility not more than one year and shall be fined not more than $2,500. A felony conviction of intent to deliver a controlled substance brings a sentence of one to five years in a state correctional facility or a fine of not more than $15,000, or both.

A conviction of conspiracy brings a sentence of one to five years or a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.

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