MASON COUNTY — Former Mason County Sheriff David L. Anthony has completed his jail sentence and been released.
A spokesperson with the Southwestern Regional Jail in Holden confirmed Anthony’s sentence expired on March 7 at which time he was released. The spokesperson said there was no probation or alternative sentencing involved with Anthony’s release. In short, he served his time and was free to go.
Anthony was sentenced to 18 months in jail for four misdemeanors back in May which was 10 months ago. The spokesperson for the Southwestern Regional Jail said inmates with sentences over six months are allowed to work as maintenance trustees or attend special classes to get credit applied as deductions of time from their sentence - this was the case for Anthony which allowed for an earlier release.
Last year, Anthony’s attorney filed a motion on his behalf in Mason County Circuit Court for consideration of alternative sentencing - i.e. home confinement or day report. Anthony later withdrew this motion before it was ruled upon.
Anthony was not convicted of any felonies when he agreed to a plea agreement which included conviction on the misdemeanors of brandishing, shooting near a dwelling, fraudulent scheme and embezzlement. Anthony was also required to relinquish his law enforcement certification to the state of West Virginia, resign from office, withdrawal from seeking reelection in the May 2012 primary, not seek any other elected office in the future, and write an apology to the citizens and officer holders - all of which he has done.
In relation to Anthony’s questionable charges on a county credit card, he paid back these charges in the amount of $2,435 in 2011.