Brooke County Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty

On Tuesday, May 6th, Adam Michael Barnhart, 19, of Weirton was sentenced to 40 years for second-degree murder and five years each for two counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm after entering a plea agreement Tuesday in 1st Judicial Circuit Court.

Barnhart’s plea was in connection with the shooting and killing of Frank Tulock on September 8th, 2013 on Hudson Avenue in the Brooke County section of downtown Weirton.

As a condition of the plea agreement Barnhart will waive his right to parole, but although under state law, Barnhart may not waive his right to early release for good conduct, the plea agreement still ensures he will serve at least 25 years of his 50-year sentence.

According to Prosecutor Barki, “the state and the victim’s family are satisfied with the sentence. Although they will never be made whole in this, this gives them some opportunity for closure.”

Updates to Sexual Offender Registry

Brooke County Prosecutor Joseph Barki III reminds county residents that the West Virginia Department of Corrections regularly updates the sexual offender registry as part of the requirements by West Virginia state law.

Residents are reminded that it is not the intent of the State Legislature that the information provided to the public be used to inflict retribution or additional punishment on any person convicted of any offense requiring registration. The Act is not intended to be penal but regulatory in nature.

To review the registry, click here.