Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Bank Robbery among 24 Kanawha Indictments

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Bank Robbery among 24 Kanawha Indictments

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A man accused of leaving the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro then robbing City National Bank in Charleston and returning to the casino was one of 24 defendants indicted by a Kanawha County grand jury last week, announced Kanawha Prosecuting Attorney Charles Miller. Kerry Johnson, 52, of Charleston, is charged with bank robbery. He faces 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Police say he arrived at the Nitro casino around 10 a.m. on a Tuesday last August and was there for more than six hours. Sometime around 3 p.m., police said, Johnson got up from the blackjack table, put down a $25 chip to hold his spot, and left the casino.

That's when Johnson allegedly went to the South Hills neighborhood of Charleston, handed City National Bank tellers a note saying he had a bomb and a weapon and robbed the bank.

Johnson went back to the casino, got his spot back at the blackjack table, and kept gambling, according to police.

An indictment is not a finding of fact. It means only that enough evidence exists to warrant a jury trial.

Arraignment dates and times are as follows:

Judge Jennifer Bailey, 9 a.m. Nov. 30

James Edward Bennett III, 25, of Charleston, murder, prohibited person in possession of a firearm and use and presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony; Jacques Slade, 26, of Gastonia, North Carolina, murder, prohibited person in possession of a firearm and use and presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony; Nathaniel E. Williams, 30, of Nitro, wanton endangerment; Donnell E. Strong, 27 of Charleston, prohibited person in possession of a firearm; Scotty Dewayne King, 37, of Charleston, burglary, grand larceny and transferring and receiving stolen property; Jeremy Allen Light, 34, of Charleston, failure to update sex offender registry and uttering; Jeffrey Wayne Phelix, 32, of Charleston, grand larceny, possession of a stolen vehicle and child neglect creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death; Crystal Dawn Page, 31, of Sissonville, child neglect creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury and death. …

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