CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — The father of the man rescued Wednesday night from a Raleigh County coal mine is serving time in prison for a long list of break-ins and thefts from mine sites, according to court documents.
Brandon Lee Beverly, 43, is currently serving prison time at the Parkersburg Correctional Center. His projected release date is April 3, 2022. He has been at the prison since Dec. 12, 2016. He will have a parole hearing in April.
Beverly is the father of Cody Beverly, 21, who was one of four people rescued from Elk Run Coal’s Rock House Powellton mine, near Clear Creek, after a four day search that gained national attention. Family members of those who were rescued told media outlets during the search that the group went in to the mine to steal copper.
A criminal investigation is ongoing against Cody Beverly, Kayla Williams, 25, Erica Treadway, 31, and Eddie Williams, 43, of Artie. The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation. As of Friday afternoon, no charges had been filed.
Brandon Beverly's crimes took place between 2013-15 across the southern West Virginia counties.
In Boone County, deputies said he and another man stole $1,260 worth of miner bits and $6,500 worth of other property belonging to Alpha Natural Resources on July 20, 2014. He was indicted for grand larceny and conspiracy in that case.
Also in Boone County, in March 2014, deputies said Beverly and four others "forcefully entered" property belonging to Alpha Natural Resources by cutting through a locked gate. They say the group removed $20,000 worth of mining property including circuit breakers, copper, catheads and pumps. Deputies say that crime was caught on surveillance video and showed the group covering their faces with masks to hide their identities.
In Aug. 2014, Beverly was charged with grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony after Boone deputies say he stole cable from White Wine Mining.
In Logan County, he pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny in Sept. 2015 after originally being arrested for grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony. In that case, state police say he stole $7,000 worth of mining bits from the Cliff's Natural Resources Mine near Lorado.
In McDowell County, he was indicted in for two counts of breaking and entering other than a dwelling, grand larceny and conspiracy for crimes that took place in Feb. 2013. In that case, investigators say he broke in to the Mechel Bluestone, Inc. mine site with another person and stole more than $1,000 in mining property. He ended up pleading guilty to the lesser charge of attempting to commit breaking and entering in Dec. 2015.
In Raleigh County, he is serving a sentence for attempting to commit grand larceny after originally being indicted in Sept. 2014 for breaking and entering, attempt to commit a felony and grand larceny. Investigators in that case say he broke in to Barkers Junk Company, Inc. in Nov. 2013 and stole two bales of aluminum worth $1,000 and a utility trailer worth $750.
In Oct. 2015 in Mingo County, he pleaded guilty to grand larceny in exchange for another charge being dismissed.