High Court Won't Hear Putnam County Man's Case
A man convicted of sexual assault in Putnam County won't have his case heard before the US Supreme Court. Joseph Lavigne Jr. is serving prison time for sexually assaulting a 5-year old girl, and his lawyer, Greg Ayers, told the Charleston Gazette that the U.S. Supreme Court won't review Lavigne's petition. He was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in 1996, then set free in 2011 after a Putnam County Judge reversed the conviction. In 2012, the West Virginia Supreme Court reversed that decision and sent him back to prison, where apparently he'll stay.