FAYETTEVILLE, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Anthony Ciliberti, Jr., Prosecuting Attorney, announces that on May 17, 2021, Stephen L. DeQuasie, age 33 of Oak Hill, was sentenced by Chief Judge Thomas H. Ewing to one to five years in prison for gross child neglect creating a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.
DeQuasie pled guilty to this crime on February 26, 2021. In April 2020, DeQuasie used drugs with Sarah Workman who overdosed while young children were in the home. DeQuasie fled the scene before the police arrived to find the children unaccompanied by anyone other than Workman, who was unconscious. Previously, he pled guilty in 2018 to the fraudulent use of an access device and was granted five years of probation.
In 2018, he admitted taking the debit card of an elderly woman in 2017 and using it without permission. He was on probation for this crime when these most recent charges arose, and the sentence imposed today will be served consecutively to the seven-year sentence previously imposed by the Court.
This crime was investigated by the Oak Hill Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer D. Crane.