FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Prosecuting Attorney, Larry E. Harrah, II announces that on June 1, 2018, Micheal Rogers of Powellton and Justin Young of Mount Carbon entered guilty pleas to kidnapping for their roles the March 2017 kidnapping of Corey R. Skaggs, of Mount Carbon. David Justice of Mount Carbon entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit a felony arising out of the same incident.
Skaggs was beaten and terrorized over the course of several hours by the defendants before being bound and taken by Rogers and Young to an abandoned mine site on Craig Mountain in Powellton. Once there, Skaggs was held at gunpoint and was told he was going to be killed and thrown into a mine break which is an area known as “Smoke Holes.” Skaggs was eventually released and was treated for his injuries at a local hospital. Conflict over illegal drugs played a significant role in this case.
Both Rogers and Young face between ten (10) and thirty (30) years in prison at their sentencing hearings scheduled on July 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. before Circuit Judge Paul M. Blake, Jr. Justice faces not less than one (1) nor more than five (5) years in prison when he is sentenced on July 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Justin Young entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine on April 11, 2018, and he faces not less than one (1) nor more than five (5) years in prison at his sentencing scheduled for June 6, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Blake. Justin Young was on bond for the kidnapping charge at the time he was arrested for the methamphetamine.
This crime was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and prosecuted by Jennifer D. Crane and Elizabeth K. Campbell, Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys.