KEYSER, W.Va. — Former Ridgeley Mayor Mitchell Reeves entered a plea of no contest Friday to one charge of disposing of personal property to defraud his creditors.

In exchange, all other charges were dropped and Reeves, who was given credit for the time he has served in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail since June 8, was released.

Represented by Cumberland attorney Ramon Rozas, Reeves appeared before Magistrate David C. Harman on Friday for what was originally scheduled as a jury trial on the initial charge of driving without a license.

Rozas told Harman, however, that he and Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Nelson and Assistant Prosecutor Jay Courrier had met earlier in the week and agreed to the plea bargain.

The agreement included all charges filed against Reeves, including the felony count of false pretenses by fraudulent scheme filed against him in circuit court.

In that case, Reeves was accused of using town vehicles for various business trips while he was mayor of Ridgeley, and then being reimbursed for mileage.

Courrier said Friday that the agreement included the payment of an amount of money to the town of Ridgeley and also to Reeves’ creditors “to take care of the money that is owed.”

Courrier said Nelson had made the arrangements for the exact amount of money to be paid, but the prosecutor was not available Friday to disclose the details.

Rozas told Harman that Reeves’ “attitude is if Ridgeley is honestly owed this money, then he’s happy to give it to them.”

He asked that Harman consider Reeves’ time already served, in addition to his history of service in the U.S. Marines and the fact that he “has no criminal record of any kind” in handing down sentence for the no-contest plea.

Estimating that Reeves has already spent between 227 and 230 days in jail, Rozas said “we think certainly this is more than an adequate sentence.”

Harman set Reeves’ fine at $100.50 plus $185.50 in court costs, and sentenced him to 225 days, with credit for time served.

“The sooner you and Ridgeley and everybody else puts this behind us, the better off everybody will be,” he said.

The paperwork to have Reeves released from jail was faxed to Judge Andrew Frye, who signed it and returned it to the Mineral County Circuit Clerk’s office by 3 p.m.

Contact Liz Beavers at lbeavers@times-news.com.

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