POINT PLEASANT — A Gallipolis, Ohio, man accused of attempting to run down a Mason County Sheriff’s Department deputy has entered into a plea agreement.
James H. Moore, 33, recently appeared in Mason County Circuit Court before Judge David W. Nibert and entered guilty pleas to the felony fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference, the felony breaking and entering and felony attempt to transfer stolen goods.
Moore was indicted by the September term of the grand jury for attempted murder; destruction of property; fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference; bringing into this state, property stolen in another state; attempt to transfer stolen goods, breaking and entering, five counts; petit larceny; and grand larceny. These charges were contained within two separate indictments.
As for the attempted murder charge, according to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, on Aug. 10, 2015, Cpl. T. L. Powell of the sheriff’s department was called by the owners of Poor Man’s Pawn Shop on Huntington Road in Apple Grove. The owners said Moore was allegedly trying to pawn or sell a behind utility trailer. Powell ran the information through the Mason County 911 Center and it was not matching the information Moore was giving the owners of the pawn shop, according to the complaint.
Powell then drove to the pawn shop to speak with Moore about the trailer, but upon his arrival Moore was exiting the building. After the shop owner had pointed out Moore, Powell approached the passenger side front fender of Moore’s vehicle and asked him to stop. At this time, Powell says Moore placed the vehicle into reverse and began backing out at a high rate of speed and turned to exit the driveway. Powell then stepped in front of the vehicle and held up his hand and was shouting for Moore to stop so he could speak to him. Powell then said Moore pointed at him, put the vehicle in drive and accelerated at a high rate of speed and came directly at Powell. Powell said he was able to move from front of the vehicle without injury.
Both a plea agreement and conviction order have been filed in regard to Moore’s case in circuit court. He remains housed at the Western Regional Jail.
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