Man sentenced for role in theft of motorcycles on Mileground

MORGANTOWN — One of two men who stole three motorcycles from Morgantown Powersports in April was sentenced Tuesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

Judge Susan Tucker sentenced Javonie Averytt to one to 10 years for grand larceny, one to 10 years for breaking and entering and one to five years for conspiracy to commit a felony. The sentences will be served in Pennsylvania and will run concurrent with each other and with the two to four year sentence Averytt is currently serving in Pennsylvania.

Brandon Benchoff, assistant prosecuting attorney, said Averytt’s sentence in Pennsylvania is for receiving or transferring stolen goods for his role in selling the stolen motorcycles there.

Restitution in the amount of $7,907.49 must be paid either jointly or severally – meaning both parties are responsible for the full amount – by either Averytt or his co-defendant, Maurice Wilson, who pleaded guilty to grand larceny in July. Wilson has not been sentenced.

Two of the three stolen bikes were not recovered, but a 2015 Yamaha was, Benchoff said.

Benchoff recommended that Averytt be sentenced to the statutory sentence on each count and said the state did not oppose the sentences running at the same time or with his current sentence. Benchoff said time served would also be calculated and credited to Averytt’s sentence.

Averytt was very honest and forthright after his apprehension and his cooperation solved multiple crimes in Pennsylvania, as well as helping secure the conviction of Wilson, Benchoff said when Tucker asked why the state’s position was so generous.

“My behavior was unacceptable,” Averytt said.

He said he’s come to terms with what he’s done and that he wants to pay restitution and move on with his life.

Tucker asked Averytt if he’d ever been employed before and he told her he has experience in construction.

“Javonie Averytt gets it, stop putting your hands on other people’s stuff,” he said, acknowledging that Tucker had probably heard that speech before.

His attorney, Kevin Tipton, said he was not asking for an alternative sentence for his client; only that the sentencing follow the plea agreement and that the sentence be served in Pennsylvania where he’s from.

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