West Virginia Supreme Court affirm conviction of Mercer County man who sexually assaulted three children

Princeton, WV (WOAY) – Last week, the West Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the conviction of a Mercer County man who sexually assaulted three children.

Jesse James Collins was indicted back in 2017 for multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse involving three children less than 12-year-old. James was found guilty on all charges. This past week, the Supreme Court reviewed the entire case and looked at the arguments made by the defense counsel to overturn the case. The Supreme Court ruled to affirm the criminal conviction.

“I am very satisfied with the success that we had prosecuting crimes against children specifically sexual assault,” said Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler. “We’ve hired additional staff to facilitate that. We obtained grant money from the department of justice.

Collins were sentenced to 95 to 140 years in prison.

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