South Point man enters guilty plea

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 14, 2006

A South Point man was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

Mark Miller, 33, of 545 County Road 1, was ordered to have no further contact with his victim, a 12 year-old girl.

Miller was originally indicted on three counts of rape.

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Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson said the charges were amended to spare the young victim any further duress.

“We wanted to come to some resolution to protect her, punish him and don’t inflict any more psychological harm than has already been done to the child,” Anderson said.

If Miller presents no behavioral problems in prison, he may request judicial release after two years but will then be placed on community controlled sanctions. Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown ordered Miller to have no further contact with his victim.

Also Thursday, felony charges against a West Virginia man were nullied and transferred to Lawrence County Municipal Court.

Christopher Drummond, 20, of Huntington, has agreed to plead guilty in the lower court to misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property.

Both Drummond and Miller were scheduled to stand trial Thursday before changes were made in their cases.