POINT PLEASANT — A New Haven man has been sentenced to 20 years in jail after pleading guilty to kidnapping.
Shannon C. King, 31, appeared before Judge David W. Nibert this week in Mason County Circuit Court for the sentencing. Nibert sentenced King to a definite term of 20 years with credit for time served since his incarceration began on Sept. 2, 2011.
Back in January 2012, a Mason County Grand Jury indicted King with kidnapping, burglary and domestic battery. According to the indictment, in August 2011, King was accused of breaking and entering into the home of Tabitha Ohlinger at 606 6th St. in New Haven which resulted in the felony burglary charge. He was then accused of taking and confining Airael Derifield by force, threat and duress which resulted in the felony kidnapping charge. He was also charged with having physical contact with Derified of a provoking nature resulting in the misdemeanor domestic battery charge.
In August 2012, King accepted a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to kidnapping.
King was to be sentenced in October but was sent to the Diagnostic and Classification Division of the Anthony Center for a 60-day pre-sentence diagnosis and classification.
Judge Nibert took this pre-sentence diagnosis into consideration before sentencing King on Thursday. King is currently being housed at the Western Regional Jail until the West Virginia Division of Corrections transports him to one of its facilities.