Magistrate modifies Elkins man’s bond

ELKINS — A Randolph County man charged after allegedly getting into a physical altercation with a woman and choking her had his bond modified in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

James Michael Trimm, 32, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of strangulation. His bond was modified from $30,000 cash, surety or property to $20,000 cash or surety.

Additionally, he waived his preliminary hearing, meaning his case will be bound over to the Randolph County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury and possible indictment.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling represented the state while Trimm appeared with Brent Easton as defense counsel. Randolph County Chief Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman presided.

If convicted, Trimm could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years in the state penitentiary, fined not more than $2,500, or both.