POINT PLEASANT — A Point Pleasant man who was on home confinement after a 2012 incident where he was accused of beating a man he believed had burglarized his home, has been arrested for allegedly violating the terms of that home confinement.
William R. McDermitt, 41, Point Pleasant, was recently booked into the Western Regional Jail by officers with the office of Mason County Home Confinement.
According to papers filed last week in Mason County Circuit Court, McDermitt was given a random drug screen which allegedly tested positive for heroin - drug screens were a part of his home confinement terms. Also, Home Confinement Officer A.E. Whittington reported he observed McDermitt park in front of a business in the 500-block of Main Street just a few doors down from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department during a time when he was not permitted to be doing so as per the terms of his home confinement.
These incidents preceded a home check with assistance from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and a K9 officer from the Lakin Correctional Center. Whittington states in his report while at McDermitt’s residence, a tampered capsule was found inside McDermitt’s vehicle with the substance within the capsule field testing positive for heroin. Also, riffle ammunition was found in one of McDermitt’s bedrooms, also according to the report.
Last year, McDermitt appeared before Judge Thomas C. Evans, III, in Mason County Circuit Court to be sentenced for his guilty plea to malicious assault, wanton endangerment and conspiracy to commit a felony. McDermitt was originally also charged with kidnapping, a charge which was dismissed in light of his plea agreement.
Last November, Evans sentenced McDermitt to two to 10 years for malicious assault, five years for wanton endangerment and one to five years for conspiracy to commit a felony, all to run consecutively. However, Evans decided to stay the sentence in favor of putting McDermitt on Home Confinement with specific conditions. Back in November, McDermitt had already served 148 days in jail and 433 days of home incarceration as a result of the 2012 incident.
In April 2012, law enforcement officials said David F. Greene, Letart, was kidnapped by McDermitt after McDermitt accused Greene of burglarizing his home on Oshel Rd. In his plea entered into the court record, McDermitt states, after his home was burglarized, he gathered information from a witness which led him to believe it was Greene, then, McDermitt assaulted Greene.
Originally, McDermitt’s wife, Elizabeth C. McDermitt, was also charged in the crime but all charges were later dismissed against her.
William is also an honorably discharged combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia.