Jarrell sentenced for 2012 shooting death

Beth Sergent

August 17, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — Thomas M. Jarrell has been sentenced for the 2012 shooting death of his father Ron Jarrell.

Thomas, 18, Point Pleasant, appeared before Judge David W. Nibert this week where he was sentenced to not less than six months nor more than two years at the Anthony Correctional Center, for his conviction of murder in the second degree. Thomas was also ordered to pay court costs.

Thomas’ effective sentence date is Aug. 13. His conviction date was Nov. 9, 2012 when he pleaded guilty to an information of murder in the second degree. An information is an accusation exhibited against a person for a criminal offense without an indictment. Informations are presented by a competent public officer instead of a grand jury which hands down indictments.

Though Thomas was 17 when the crime was committed, his status was moved from juvenile to adult with his case eventually falling under the jurisdiction of the criminal court, according to records filed in Mason County Circuit Court. The West Virginia Code, section 49-5-10, allows for this transfer of a juvenile proceeding to criminal jurisdiction if there is probable cause to believe the juvenile was at least 14 years old when committing specific crimes, including murder.

After his plea in November, Judge Nibert ordered Thomas to the Anthony Center in White Sulphur Springs for a 60-day evaluation. After the evaluation period, hearings were held to determine his sentencing handed down this week.

Back in April 2012, law enforcement officials say Thomas shot his father multiple times with a handgun and then fled in his father’s vehicle. Thomas was later apprehended by Huntington City Police within the city limits of Huntington.

Thomas was represented this week by Attorneys Michael B. Hissam and Christopher S. Morris. The state was represented by Mason County Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson.