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February 26, 2013

Cumberland women, Va. man sentenced in Allegany circuit court

Convictions include charges of negligent homicide by vehicle, felony theft, theft scheme

CUMBERLAND — Two Cumberland women and a Virginia Beach, Va., man were sentenced to jail terms recently in Allegany County Circuit Court.

Jocelyn M. Gordon, 20, of Cumberland was sentenced to four years in the Maryland Division of Correction for her conviction of negligent homicide by motor vehicle. Gordon is required to serve 18 months of the sentence in the Allegany County Detention Center with the balance of the sentence suspended with certain probationary conditions.

The conviction comes as a result of a motor vehicle accident on April 1 on U.S. Route 40 in LaVale. Gordon was found to have been traveling at an extremely high rate of speed when she struck a vehicle driven by Melanie Epperly, 23, of Cumberland.

Epperly died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.  

Subsequent investigation revealed that Gordon’s blood alcohol content was .22, more than twice the legal limit in Maryland.

The case was prosecuted by Allegany County State’s Attorney Michael Twigg, and Gordon was represented by Cumberland attorney G.V. McKinley.

 Kevin Lee Sear, 31, of Virginia Beach, was sentenced to three years in the Maryland Division of Correction for his conviction of felony theft.

Sear received an additional two years suspended subject to several probationary conditions that include restitution to the victim.

The stolen items were located in Sear’s apartment.

The case was prosecuted by Twigg, and Sear was represented by Cumberland attorney Raymond Weston.

Kimberli Ann Shewbridge, 44, of Cumberland, was sentenced to four years in the Maryland Division of Correction for her conviction of theft scheme greater than $10,000 but less than $100,000.

Shewbridge is required to serve one year of the sentence in the Allegany County Detention Center with the balance of the sentence suspended with certain probationary conditions.  

The conviction comes as a result of an employee theft scheme that occurred between January 2010 and March 2012 at a local medical office.

As part of her probationary conditions, Shewbridge will be required to make restitution to the victim.  

The case was prosecuted by Deputy State’s Attorney Fred Voss. Shewbridge was represented by McKinley.

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