HAMLIN, W.Va. — A Lincoln County man received a maximum sentence of 5 to 25 years in prison Wednesday after strangling a woman and shooting a state police trooper in March 2017.


Jeremiah Yeager, of Alum Creek, after his 2017 arrest.

Jeremiah Yeager, of Alum Creek, who previously entered a no contest plea to two counts of malicious wounding of a trooper and one count of strangulation, was sentenced by Lincoln County Circuit Judge Jay Hoke.

Yeager attacked his former girlfriend at a residence in Alum Creek in March 2017. She testified Wednesday that he choked her and left her unconscious. West Virginia State Police Sgt. David Fry responded to the scene and was shot twice by Yeager. He testified Wednesday he thought he was going to die.

There were nearly a two dozen state troopers at the sentencing hearing to show support for Fry.

Yeager entered a a Kennedy-Frazier plea in June. Under the plea, Yeager accepts there is enough evidence to be convicted but he does not admit guilt.