MADISON, W.Va.—A Boone County jury found James McGuinness guilty on trespass asked to leave, obstruction and conspiracy, but not guilty on property destruction today, and Magistrate Byrnside sentenced McGuinness to 21 days in jail. Byrnside gave McGuinness till Friday morning to get his affairs in order before turning himself in. He was also assessed court costs and jury fees expected to exceed $1,000.
The charges stem from the September 9th blockade of Massey’s Regional Headquarters. Joe Hamsher plead no contest to trespassing and conspiracy charges stemming from the same action and received a 20 day jail sentence. Roland Micklem and Fred Williamson are still awaiting trial with Micklem’s scheduled for March 29th at 9:30 am.
For the property destruction charge, the Boone County prosecutor alleged that tar on lock-down devices damaged a pair of pants, pair of gloves and a knife, and that a chain scraped some paint off a Massey lamp post. None of these physical items, nor pictures of them, were presented as evidence in trial. The officer who owns the knife did not learn till on the stand that his knife was involved in the case.
Letters can be addressed to Guin in the Southwestern Regional Jail:
Southwestern Regional Jail
Earl Ray Tomblin Industrial Park,
13 Gaston Caperton Dr.
Holden, WV 25625
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