Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 17, 2014

Woman serving 2 to 10 years

PRINCETON — A woman who prosecutors say attempted to run down a Bluefield store clerk in February 2013 was sentenced Monday to a term of two to 10 years in prison on a malicious assault charge.

A jury found Dustie Beller, 32, of Arnett, not guilty of attempted murder on April 15 but guilty of malicious assault and several other misdemeanor charges. Beller appeared Monday before Circuit Court Judge William Sadler for sentencing.

Sadler denied a defense request for a new trial for the woman. He sentenced Beller to a term of two to 10 years in prison on the malicious assault charge, one year on the petit larceny charge, one year on the conspiracy charge, and one year on the failure to stop and give information and render aid charge.

Sadler ordered for the sentences to run concurrently. Beller will receive credit for two days already served in jail, according to information on file at the Mercer County Circuit Court.

The victim in the case, Mackenzie Ansley, 21, of Ballard, was an employee of Tractor Supply in Bluefield at the time of the incident.

During the earlier trial, prosecutors alleged that Beller ran down Mackenzie after another person stole a chainsaw from the store on Feb. 8, 2013. Ansley later recovered from the injuries she received in the incident.

Sadler ordered Beller to self-report to prison in 10 days, contingent upon her successful passage of a drug test.

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