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Schoonover’s sentence resolves four cases

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James Walter Schoonover, 50, of Pablo, has been committed to the state Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years with five years suspended as part of a plea agreement that resolves four separate cases and five felony charges.

In the first case, Schoonover was facing one count of assault with a weapon for allegedly assaulting a woman in Pablo with a two-by-four on May 16, 2018, according to court documents. The charges were dismissed due to a lack of participation by the alleged victim during the prosecution process. 

In the second case, Schoonover was charged with two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs involving methamphetamine, resulting in a five-year commitment to the DOC with none suspended on one count and the second being dismissed. Both charges resulted from traffic stops occurring in the Pablo area on May 28, 2018, and on Aug. 19, 2018. 

In the third case, Schoonover was charged with bail jumping stemming from missing court appearances in the first two cases. He was given 2 years DOC, all suspended on that case.

In the fourth case, Schoonover was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Ronan on Jan. 17, 2019. He was allegedly in possession of fifteen grams of methamphetamine. He was initially charged with criminal possession with intent to distribute but that was amended to criminal possession of dangerous drugs. He was given three more years at the DOC with all of that time suspended.

District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher gave Schoonover credit for time served.

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