CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The editor of the West Virginia Record has accepted a plea deal, which dropped a felony charge he was facing after allegedly admitting that he created fake vehicle inspection and registration stickers.
Brian C. "Chris" Dickerson, 42, of Hurricane, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in Putnam County Magistrate Court last week, according to court documents.
Dickerson was arrested earlier this month after a State Police trooper saw a fake motor vehicle inspection sticker on his blue Ford SUV, according to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court.
When Trooper B.K. Hammontree stopped him in the parking lot of the Putnam County Courthouse, Dickerson admitted he made the inspection sticker on his home computer and didn't have any insurance on the vehicle, according to the complaint.
Hammontree also wrote that Dickerson's registration sticker on his license plate was forged.
Dickerson was charged with violating a law that says it's a felony to forge any certificates issued by the state. He was also charged for not having vehicle insurance, a misdemeanor.
Putnam County Magistrate Kim Blair released Dickerson on a personal recognizance bond.