Man accepts plea in Jefferson County shooting case

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — One of four people charged in the 2016 shooting death of a Jefferson County man during an alleged drug deal in the Tuscawilla Hills subdivision accepted a plea deal Wednesday.

Jefferson County prosecuting Attorney Matt Harvey said Braden Fitzgerald, 18, faced three charges, including one count of first degree murder and conspiracy in the death of Ryan Mumaw, 21, but those charges were dropped as part of the plea.

“He’s pled guilty to first degree armed robbery,” Harvey told WEPM News. “It’s 20 years of incarceration, and it’s a determinate sentence.”

Harvey said Firtzgerald, who was a minor when the crime was committed, will also be expected to testify against his three co-defendants, Rakeem Newman, 21, and Malakye Boyd, 18, both of Charles Town, and Tayjuhn Coble, 19, of Ranson.

Court records show a plea deal was on the table for Coble but fell through.

Fitzgerald will remain incarcerated without bail at the Vicki V. Douglas Juvenile Center until he is sentenced next month.

The defendants allegedly arranged to meet Mumaw to buy a pound of marijuana last July.

They had allegedly planned to rob him.


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