Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 5, 2013

Court sentences Kidd to 20 years in armed robbery

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man who previously pleaded guilty to robbing a Bluefield establishment was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.

Larry Kidd, 29, of Bluefield pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 in Mercer County Circuit Court to a felony count of first-degree robbery. He was arrested July 17 following an early morning robbery at Patty’s, an establishment on Cumberland Road in Bluefield. Officers with the Bluefield Police Department later found Kidd at the nearby Economy Inn after investigating a report about a gunshot victim.

Judge William Sadler sentenced Kidd during Monday’s hearing to 20 years imprisonment. Charges including brandishing would be dismissed as part of the plea agreement, said Kidd’s attorney, Shannon Baldwin of the Mercer County Public Defender’s Office.

Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler said during the August plea hearing that the state would have shown how Kidd robbed Patty’s at approximately 2 a.m. on July 16. Two subjects, one wielding a stick, entered the establishment. One, using what appeared to be white socks as gloves, went to the cash register while the other suspect forced a woman to give up three diamond rings. They then fled with the jewelry and money.

Jason Penley, no current age available, of Itmann was found shot at the Economy Inn when officers arrived. Penley at first told investigators that a person in a passing vehicle had shot him, but he later said Kidd had shot him, according to the arrest report filed by Patrolman R.D. Davis. Penley had been hit in the right side of the abdomen; he was later charged with robbery in the same incident and released on a $25,000 bond.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash said Monday that Penley’s case was still in the magistrate court system and not yet been brought before the Mercer County Grand Jury.

After Monday’s sentencing hearing, Kidd was remanded back to the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com