MORGANTOWN — There were tears on both sides of the court room as a man who sexually abused two women in 2016 was sentenced to prison Thursday. Mitchell Powers, 20, of Morgantown, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He was sentenced to consecutively serve one to five years on each count, by Judge Russell Clawges, of the Monongalia County Circuit Court. Powers will be under 25 years of supervision and must register as a sex offender following his release. He will also pay $490 in restitution to one of his victims and $10 to the Monongalia County Victim Assistance Program. Powers pleaded guilty using the Alford caveat, which means he did not admit details of the case. People observing the sentencing, including one of Powers’ victims, cried after Clawges handed down the sentence, but Powers, wearing a black suit, showed no outward emotion, even as Clawges read his post-sentencing rights and he was handcuffed and remanded into custody. There were more than 15 people in the gallery. Powers apologized to both of his victims by name, his victims’ families and his family. He said he took full responsibility for his actions and the damage caused. The… Read full this story
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