CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The special prosecutor in the Mark Plants case now wants a magistrate to review the deal cut back on Wednesday that gives the Kanawha County prosecutor a way out of the two misdemeanor charges filed against him.

Special Prosecutor Sid Bell said he doesn’t believe the pre-trial diversion–that he agreed to–is legal. It allows for the misdemeanor domestic related charges against Plants to be dropped if he abides by the agreement.

Bell said Friday pretrial diversion agreements in domestic violence cases have to meet certain provisions including the defendants being part of a community corrections program and the deal reviewed by the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction. This week’s agreement didn’t include those provisions.

Plants was charged with violating a protective order filed by his ex-wife. He was then charged with domestic battery in connection with spanking his 11-year-old son with a belt.

No word yet from the magistrate in the case if he’ll consider Bell’s motion.

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  • Gary Karstens

    All the conservative, family-value, Republicans sure do get quiet when things appear on this man. Reminds me also of another guy......Sprouse.


  • DWL

    Wouldn't it be a real hoot to see the "under the table" political dealings taking place in this case? This GAME is so crooked, it makes WV's road look straight! Sharks don't eat other sharks, but piranha do!