Plea hearing set for former justice on fraud count


A plea hearing has been scheduled for a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice facing a federal felony charge related to the personal use of state-owned vehicles and fuel cards.

News outlets cited court documents that say the hearing for Menis Ketchum is set for Aug. 23 in U.S. District Court in Charleston. U.S Attorney Mike Stuart announced last week that Ketchum was being charged and had agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Ketchum abruptly announced in a handwritten letter July 11 that he would step down effective July 27, two years before the end of his 12-year term. The letter gave no reason for his resignation.

A special election will be held to fill the remainder of Ketchum’s term.

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