One of two men arrested in Chesy home invasion sent to prison

Published 10:10 am Thursday, May 2, 2013

A West Virginia man was sent to prison after admitting Wednesday to breaking into a home in Chesapeake in February.

Joseph Workman II, 38, of 3873 Goose Creek Road, Barboursville, pleaded guilty to a first-degree count of aggravated burglary.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to eight years in prison.

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“I’d just like to apologize to everybody,” Workman said.

Cooper also ordered the man to pay $4,000 in restitution to the victims, jointly with co-defendant Scott Edie II. Edie, 23, of 818 Lance Drive, Charleston, W.Va., has pleaded not guilty to the same charge and the case is still pending in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Workman and Edie were arrested Feb. 28 in West Virginia after allegedly breaking into a home in the 12000 block of State Route 243 while a resident of the home was sleeping. That resident took photos of the alleged robbers and their vehicle, escaped the home unnoticed and called 911.

According to the sheriff’s office, the men took guns, jewelry, electronics and musical equipment from the home.

The homeowner later identified the vehicle in the photo as belonging to someone who had done remodeling work on her home.

In other cases:

• Eric Roach, 35, of 1529 County Road 1, South Point, was arraigned on a second-degree count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs on one indictment and a fifth-degree count of theft, four misdemeanor counts of theft and two misdemeanor counts of criminal damaging on another indictment.

Roach pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Cooper set bond at $75,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for May 8.

• Richard Gibbs, 39, of Huntington, W.Va., admitted he violated his community control sanctions. Cooper sentenced the man to two years in prison, after which time his CCS would be terminated.

• Lewis Ford Jr., 41, of Rush, Ky., admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to seven months in prison.

• Eric Moore, 32, of 874, Township Road 161, South Point, was arraigned on counts of third-degree failure to comply with order or signal of police officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

• Kricia Devaney, 24, of South Point, denied CCS violations that she tested positive for marijuana during a drug screening by the adult probation department.

Cooper set a pretrial for May 29 and set bond at $10,000 own-recognizance.

• Kimberly Karnes, 46, of Milton, W.Va., admitted CCS violations. Cooper sentenced the woman to 11 months in prison with a release to the STAR Community Justice Center after five and a half months.