Plea agreement in theft case

A Wood County, W.Va., man may face up to a year in prison after pleading guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of theft in Washington County Common Pleas Court Tuesday.

Nathan Goff, 30, of 7641 Pike St. Lot 20, Mineral Wells, was originally indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of theft for stealing approximately $11,000 from his former place of employment, the Rent-2-Own store on Pike Street in Marietta.

But on Tuesday Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider said Goff had agreed to plead guilty if the charge was reduced to a fifth-degree felony.

“We’re recommending the charge be reduced to a fifth-degree felony which would be based on theft of more than $1,000 but less than $7,500,” Schneider said. “But he would still be responsible for restitution of the full amount stolen.”

He also recommended that Goff serve 30 days in jail and that he be placed on community control.

The prosecutor said Goff had been employed by the Rent-2-Own store at 450 Pike St. from March to November of 2013.

“He held a mid-level management position and siphoned receipts and money from the store,” Schneider said. “Approximately $11,000 was taken from the store by Goff.”

Common Pleas Judge Ed Lane asked Goff if he agreed with Schneider’s summary of the crime, and Goff answered “yes” and then pleaded guilty to the amended charge of fifth-degree felony theft.

Lane accepted the plea and said restitution, court costs and community service could be included in Goff’s sentencing that is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Oct. 24. The judge noted he’s not mandated by law to sentence Goff to a prison term, but he has the option to do so for up to 12 months.