Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 29, 2013

Buchanan County man to serve more than four years for cutting off house arrest ankle bracelet

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GRUNDY, Va. — A Buchanan County man appeared today before Circuit Court Judge Henry Vanover in Buchanan County Circuit Court to answer charges for violation of probation and contempt of court that resulted from allegations that he had cut off the home electronic monitoring bracelet that he was to wear around his ankle as a condition of a previous court ruling, according to Commonwealth Attorney Gerald D. Arrington. 

Arrington said Garnie Coleman, age and address unavailable, was sentenced to serve an active term of four years and four months. Coleman received three years and 10 months for the probation violation charge and six months for his contempt of court.

During the hearing, prosecutors pointed out that Coleman had previously appeared before Vanover on Oct. 1, 2012, on his fourth probation violation which stemmed from a manufacturing marijuana charge from 1998. During the October hearing, Arrington said Vanover showed Coleman considerable leniency by sentencing Coleman to a term of only 12 months of incarceration, and then allowing Coleman to complete the sentence at home.   As a condition of this sentence, Coleman was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet that would allow court officials to monitor his whereabouts to ensure that he was in fact at his home at all times.

During today’s hearing, a representative of alternative community corrections testified that in early December, his company became aware of an issue with Coleman’s bracelet and later determined that Coleman had cut the bracelet off of his ankle.

For more on Monday’s hearing, see Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph.