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Kearneysville man receives six-month sentence

March 20, 2001

Kearneysville man receives six-month sentence



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Kearneysville man convicted of threatening a man and his two sons with a rifle in a 1998 hunting incident was sentenced last week to six months in jail, according to lawyers involved in the case.

David Lee Bell Jr., 56, of Route 1 in Kearneysville, plans to appeal his conviction of wanton endangerment to the state Supreme Court, said his attorney, David A. Camilletti.

In the Nov. 25, 1998 incident, Clyde M. Eggleton and his two sons were finishing a morning of hunting in a field near Leetown.

A man later indentified as Bell approached Eggleton and his two sons and told them he was the owner of the property, according to a criminal complaint filed by West Virginia State Police.

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Eggleton told police that he believed the land was owned by someone else.

The man allegedly pointed a rifle at Eggleton and his sons and threatened to shoot them if they came back to the property again, the criminal complaint said.

Eggleton and his sons, who are African-American, also alleged the man used a racial epithet.

While a jury found Bell guilty in January of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, he was acquitted of three counts of violation of the civil rights of another person.

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