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Wellsburg man pleads to attempted murder

WELLSBURG — A Wellsburg man has been sentenced to three years to 15 years in the state penitentiary after pleading guilty to attempted murder.

Dustin P. Sager, 39, of Wellsburg received the sentence Monday after entering a plea agreement that called for the dismissal of charges of malicious assault also filed in connection with the same incident.

Brooke County Prosecutor Joseph Barki said the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department arrested Sager after he used brass knuckles with an attached blade to strike and cut another man around the head and neck multiple times.

Barki said a heated verbal exchange between the men culminated in Sager coming to the victim’s home and attacking him as he attempted to flee.

He said the victim has since recovered and supported the plea agreement.

Sager also received a concurrent sentence of three years to five yers for failing to register as a sexual offender, a requirement imposed following an earlier conviction.

The agreement was reached by Barki and attorneys John Jurco and Dana Jackson, who represented Sager.

In other business, a case against Jeffrey White, who has been accused of murdering Daniel K. Gilchrist on Feb. 20, 2021, has been continued while attorneys in the case resolve issues involving his psychiatric evaluation.

White is slated to appear for a status hearing on June 22.

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