UPDATE: Man sentenced to probation for impregnating 11-year-old girl
A West Virginia man has been sentenced to five years' probation and 50 years of supervision after his conviction for impregnating an 11-year-old girl in 2011 who was forced to get an abortion.
According to media reports, Michael Joe Adkins of Ona entered a Kennedy plea two years ago, conceding that there was enough evidence for conviction without admitting guilt.
Cabell County Judge Paul Farrell imposed the sentence Nov. 16 under a plea agreement between the prosecution and defense. Adkins will also have to register as a sex offender and have therapy.
Farrell got the case after Judge Alfred Ferguson rejected a plea deal without prison.
Amanda Adkins, the defendant's estranged wife who pleaded guilty to child neglect in 2015, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 10 years of supervised release.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man charged with getting an 11-year-old girl pregnant and then forcing her to have an abortion will now go to trial, after the judge allowed him to withdrawal his plea.
In September 2015, Michael Adkins of Ona, made a Kennedy plea to incest. But last month Adkins told the judge he wanted to withdraw that plea.
Adkins told the court he accepted the plea believing he was getting home confinement. But during the February hearing, Judge Alfred Ferguson said he would not accept home confinement as the sentence.
Friday, Ferguson let Adkins withdraw the plea. His trial will now start April 8. Ferguson also announced he was recusing himself from the case.
Adkins and his wife Amanda Adkins, the girl's step-mother, were arrested in March of 2014 for arranging two abortions for his 11-year old-daughter within 15 days, and having sex with her.
Amanda has pleaded guilty to child neglect. She is still awaiting sentencing.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A father accused of getting his daughter pregnant and forcing her to have an abortion now wants to withdraw his plea after learning his sentence would put him behind bars.
Michael Adkins, of Ona, was in court Thursday in Cabell County.
He and his wife Amanda were originally arrested in March 2014, accused of arranging two abortions for his 11-year-old daughter within 15 days.
In September 2015, he made a Kennedy plea to incest, and other charges were dropped.
According to Adkins' attorney, there was deal to give him home confinement. But when Judge Al Ferguson said he would not allow home confinement, Adkins told the court he wanted to withdraw his plea..
"I'm not going to put him on home confinement in this case. I don't know what status that puts you in but after doing a pre-sentence investigation and everything that's not a proper disposition in this matter," said Ferguson.
Judge Ferguson said he will not set the plea aside just yet, but a pre-trial hearing was scheduled for March.
Adkins could potentially now start over with his defense.
He was originally charged with sexual assault, incest, sexual battery, child neglect, intimidation by a witness and conspiracy.
Michael Adkins said his wife Amanda, who is the girl's step-mom, was the one who arranged the abortions.
She pleaded guilty to child neglect, and several other charges were dropped. She faces 1-5 years in prison and a $3000 fine. She was also expected to be sentenced Thursday, but that was postponed until next month.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A father, accused of getting his 11-year-old daughter pregnant and forcing her to have an abortion, has made a plea in the case.
Michael Adkins, 33, of Ona, was originally arrested in March 2014, and charged with sexual assault, incest, sexual battery, child neglect, intimidation by a witness and conspiracy.
Late last week, he made a Kennedy plea to incest. The other charges were dropped.
According to investigators, Michael, and his wife Amanda, who is the girl's step-mother, arranged two abortions within 15 days for the young girl.
Amanda was charged with child neglect, creating risk of injury, intimidation of a witness, obstructing an officer and conspiracy. Last summer, she pleaded guilty to child neglect. As part of the plea deal, the other charges were dropped.
Both are scheduled to be sentenced in November. Amanda Adkins faces 1-5 years in prison and a $3000 fine.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman charged with forcing an 11-year-old to have an abortion is expected to testify against her husband in his trial before she is sentenced.
Michael J. and Amanda R. Adkins were originally arrested in March 2014, accused of arranging two abortions within 15 days for his daughter, who was 11 at the time.
Michael was charged with sexual assault in the first degree, incest, sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, child neglect creating risk of injury, intimidation by a witness, and conspiracy.
Amanda was charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, intimidation of a witness, obstructing an officer, and conspiracy.
Last summer, Amanda pleaded guilty to child neglect. As part of a plea deal, the other charges were dropped.
Adkins was in court Monday to be sentenced, but it was that was postponed until after her husband’s trial which is set for August 20. As part of her plea agreement, she is expected to testify against her husband. She will now be sentenced after that trial wraps up.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new seven-count indictment has been handed down against a Cabell County couple, accused of forcing their 11-year-old to have an abortion.
Michael and Amanda Adkins, of Ona, are at the center of this investigation.
The grand jury has charged Michael Adkins with sexual assault, incest, and sexual abuse.
The victim's step-mother, Amanda, is facing obstruction charges and the intimidation of a witness.
"This has been an injustice," says Corporal Marleen Moore with the WV State Police Crimes Against Children's Unit. "Now it's time for her dad and step mom to pay for the injustices and indignities and the crimes they committed against this child."
The Adkins were first arrested, in March of 2013. The alleged sexual assault occurred sometime between October of 2010 and February of 2011.
The case stems around the 11 year old's abortion. Investigators say it was result of the sexual assault and incest committed by the victim's father.
"Her step mom snuck her off and got an abortion and neglected to tell anybody." says Corporal Moore. "She made statements telling everyone it was a miscarriage. The Adkins' made threats against their daughter, telling her not to tell."
The Adkins had no comment, in front of WSAZ's cameras as they left the courtroom, late Thursday morning.
They remain free, on the original $20,000 bond, posted.
They're scheduled to appear back in court, on April 21st.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Parents, who were originally charged last year in connection with a child abuse case in Cabell County, are expected to be in court Wednesday to answer to new charges.
West Virginia State Police say Michael and Amanda Adkins will answer an indictment related to incest and child abuse charges.
These are additional charges, following a year-long investigation from when the couple was first arrested.
They were arrested in March 2013 after State Police say they consented to two abortion-like procedures within 15 days for their 11-year-old daughter.
They were originally charged with child neglect causing the risk of injury.
At this time, the indictment remains sealed. More details surrounding the new charges are expected to be released Wednesday.