UPDATE: One of four accused of entering Raleigh County mine given probation


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 2 p.m. March 9, 2020 UPDATE: A woman who pleaded guilty to breaking in to an abandoned mine will not go back to jail.

Erica Treadway was one of the four people who broke into an abandoned coal mine while under the influence, and had to be rescued. She was in court on Monday, Mar. 9, 2020 for a sentencing hearing with Judge Dimlich.

Dimlich ruled that she will not go back to prison, but serve three years probation. Her lawyer argued that she has behaved well since the arrest. But prosecuting attorney Kristen Keller said Treadway owes too much money and put rescuers at risk.

“There was oxygen deprivation. There were cave in issues. And they all bravely went in doing their jobs and exposed themselves to serious bodily injury or death, caused by the stupidity and the criminal behavior of these four co-defendants,” Keller said.

Dimlich noted that Eddie Williams, a man arrested in this case but has since died, was the ring leader of the crime. He holds Treadway responsible for the half a million dollars she owes to different departments of the county to pay for the rescue efforts.

ORGINAL STORY (8 a.m. Dec. 10, 2019) — One of the four people accused of breaking into a Raleigh County mine pleads guilty.

Erica Treadway appeared before Judge Andrew Dimlich on Monday, December 9, 2019. According to the prosecutor’s office, she entered a guilty plea to the felony charges of destruction of property and conspiracy.

Back in December 2018, Treadway, along with Eddie Williams, Cody Beverly, and Kayla Williams reportedly entered the Rock House Powellton Mine in Raleigh County. They were the focus of a search and rescue operation that lasted four days.

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Eddie Williams passed away due to cancer while on home confinement from his charges. Beverly, 22, died of organ failure the Sunday prior.

Treadway will be sentenced in March 2020.

Kayla Williams has not yet appeared in court. In a January 2019 hearing, her bond was revoked due to a previous indictment.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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