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Judge denies man’s request for consideration

Created on:   Thu, Nov 30, 2017   4:31 PM

Last modified:   Thu, Nov 30, 2017   4:31 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — Justin Knisell will remain in prison after a judge denied his request for consideration.

On Nov. 30, Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Russell Clawges denied a request for reconsideration. Knisell was previously sentenced to one to 15 years in prison on a burglary count and four years for wanton endangerment. The sentences are at the same time, and Knisell has served two years. He will be parole eligible after about another year.

Knisell and Isaac Barker, who is also serving a prison sentence, robbed two men at West Run Apartments and used guns to attack the victims in November 2015. One of the victims required surgery to treat his injuries.

When police went to arrest one of the two, they went to a Charles Avenue residence. There, a Monongalia County Sheriff’s Deputy encountered David Romanski, who police say was armed, and shot and killed him.

A departmental review found no policies or procedures were violated and no criminal charges were filed against the deputy.

The defense argued that Knisell was willing to help in the investigation and faces harassment at prison for offering to testify against Barker as reasons for the reconsideration. However, Clawges denied the request saying Knisell was given several benefits and the safety issue is one for the Department of Corrections.