Ellamore man sentenced for fleeing, DUI

ELKINS – Four individuals were sentenced in Randolph County Circuit Court Wednesday, including a Randolph County man who was arrested for driving under the influence in a go-cart in July.

Jerry Lee Bender, Jr., 36, of Ellamore, was sentenced to one year in jail for pleading guilty to one count of driving under the influence and one count of fleeing from an officer, both misdemeanors. That sentence was suspended under the condition that Bender serve 18 months of supervised probation.

Bender was indicted on Oct. 28 on one count of fleeing while driving under the influence; and one count of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless disregard, both felonies. He was also indicted on one count of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or higher; one count of fleeing from an officer by any means other then the use of a vehicle; and one count of reckless driving, all misdemeanors.

Also in Circuit Court Wednesday:

Sheila Arbogast, 43, of Beverly, was sentenced to two to 20 years in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of forgery and two counts of uttering, both felonies.

Gary Arbogast, a relative of Sheila’s, spoke on her behalf as a witness and said that he “would like to see the court be as lenient as possible with her” and that she was always willing to help others. Sheila Arbogast said her financial situation was a contributing factor for her actions.

Aaron Cale, of Elkins, 20, was sentenced to two to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty on Jan. 2 to two counts of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). That sentence was suspended under the condition that Cale undergo five years of supervised probation.

Andrea Dawn Cale, a.k.a Andrea Dawn Phillips, 32, of Elkins, was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, a misdemeanor. That sentence was suspended under the condition that she complete three years of supervised

probation.

Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong decided that Travis Hammonds, 23, of Elkins, would finish his sentence after voluntarily reporting back to authorities.

Officials said Hammonds had been on the run after being sentenced in March 2013 to one year in the regional jail for misdemeanor conspiracy and one year in the regional jail for petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

His attorney, Dwight Hall, said Hammonds is willing to do his time. Wilfong gave Hammonds credit for time served.

Wilfong ruled that Roy Horton, 60, of Elkins, will serve one to three years in a state penitentiary for being found guilty of driving under the influence. This sentence will run concurrent with Horton’s unrelated sentence from Harrison County.

Contact Chad Clem by email at cclem@theintermountain.com.