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McClung gets life for murder

Dominick McClung, 18,, is led from a courtroom after pleading guilty to murder. He was sentenced Thursday to life with mercy and 1-5 years for concealing a corpse.

PARKERSBURG – A Parkersburg man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the September 2019 murder of Karen Yeager.

Dominick McClung, 18, was sentenced by Wood County Circuit Judge Jason Wharton for the first-degree murder of Yeager, whose body was found under the Fifth Street Bridge a day after being reported missing.

He also was sentenced to 1-5 years for the concealment of a deceased human body. Both sentences are to run consecutively.

Because he was a juvenile when the crime occurred, the court granted mercy so he could be eligible for parole. However, Wharton said that was no guarantee that would happen.

He was remanded to the custody of the West Virginia Division of Corrections to be transported to prison after having been in custody at the Donald R. Kuhn Juvenile Center in Boone County since his arrest.

Read the story in The News and Sentinel on Friday.

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