ELKINS, W.Va. — A Randolph County man faces a total of 7 to 31 years in prison after being convicted earlier this year on various charges, including an attack on a state police trooper.


Nathaniel Ray Wegman

Nathaniel Wegman was sentenced on Wednesday to three to 15 years in the state penitentiary on one felony count of attempted first-degree murder, three to 15 years on one felony count of malicious assault upon a governmental representative and one year in jail on one misdemeanor count of fleeing from an officer by any means other than the use of a vehicle.

Randolph County Circuit Judge David Wilmoth ordered the three sentences to run consecutively for a total of seven to 31 years.

Wegman tried to drown Trooper First Class J.J. Cornelius, who was attempting to take Wegman into custody in a March 2016 incident. Wegman had a warrant against him for an outstanding felony charge from another state and was wanted for questioning on a Randolph County robbery.

According to prosecutors, Cornelius had to fight off Wegman with a knife as Wegman was holding his head below water.

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