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Woman gets home confinement in fatal crash

March 30, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County woman charged in the May 2010 death of another woman in a vehicle crash was placed on home confinement Wednesday for six months and a day and ordered to complete 480 hours of community service, according to court records.

Jennifer Lee Shibley, 26, of 2570 Whitings Neck Road, pleaded no contest in January in Berkeley County Magistrate Court to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence causing the death of Angel E. Clark, 36.

Shibley also was ordered  to pay $1,000 fine and court costs and is no longer allowed to work as a bartender at a local restaurant, according to court records.

She also is expected to continue reporting to the Day Report Center for random drug testing, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Stephens.

Shibley’s plea was accepted by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, who initially expressed reluctance to allow the defendant to be placed on home confinement and added the community service to Clark’s sentence, according to Stephens.

Clark, 36, died at City Hospital in Martinsburg on May 21 after the car she and Shibley were riding in collided with a sport utility vehicle on W.Va. 9 near the Hedgesville post office, according to court records.

At the accident scene, Shibley allegedly told Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Ralph Pierce that she had smoked marijuana and drank two or three beers, according to court records. The green Toyota Corolla that Shibley was driving crossed the center line of the road and struck a Ford SUV, according to court records.

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