WV Dem Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges

A West Virginia sheriff has resigned after pleading guilty to charges that he endangered his son and committed embezzlement and fraud.

The West Virginia Record reports:

David Lee Anthony II appeared in Mason Circuit Court March 6 to plead guilty to four charges of the 42-count indictment returned against him in January by the grand jury. In tendering his plea, Anthony, 42, agreed to plead guilty to charges of brandishing, and shooting near a dwelling and no contest to charges of fraudulent scheme and embezzlement, all misdemeanors.

The brandishing, and shooting near a dwelling charges stemmed from an incident that occurred Nov. 5 at Anthony's residence on Juniper Lane in Point Pleasant where he fired a .45 caliber pistol over the head of his 13-year-old son, Dawson, as he exited the house, and was running down the stairs of the back deck. The incident was witnessed by two uniformed deputies, Curtis Rhodes and Terry Powell, who later State Police Anthony was drunk at the time. …

The indictment included 19 counts of embezzlement, 18 counts of unauthorized use of a purchasing card, and one count fraudulent scheme. Those charges stemmed from Anthony using the Sheriff's Office state-issued purchasing card between Feb. 27 and April 13, 2011, for a personal trip to Orlando, Fla.