Thomas Yokum III

Thomas Yokum III

One man charged with murder and another with attempted murder in unrelated cases were sentenced as part of plea agreements in a Wilkes Superior Court session held the second week of September.

Judge Richard Doughton of Sparta sentenced the two men.

Boomer murder case

Thomas Yokum III, 46, of Boomer was sentenced to 133-172 months (11-14 years) in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Doughton gave Yokum credit for 692 days (nearly two years) already spent behind bars.

The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office charged Yokum with murder for intentionally hitting Michael Glenn Bentley twice with his Ford F-150 pickup in the yard of Bentley’s home at 3915 High Rock Road in Boomer on Oct. 18, 2018.

A sheriff’s office spokesman said at the time that Yokum and Bentley knew each other and that the incident was domestic-related.

A deputy who responded to the incident said in his written report that Bentley and witnesses told them Bentley “had been run over by the male suspect.”

Yokum’s initial charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury was changed to murder after Bentley died from his injuries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem the same day he was hit. Bentley was 56.

Yokum was arrested at his nearby home the next day.

A charge of being a habitual felon against Yokum was dismissed.

Vehicles fired upon

 Doughton sentenced Jason Ian Trent III, 25, of Yadkinville to 110 to 144 months (nine to 12 years) in prison. He was given credit for two months already served.

Trent pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder and one count of discharging a weapon into a moving vehicle. The charges were consolidated for sentencing.

Major Logan Kerr of the sheriff’s office said that on the evening of Oct. 24, 2017, the sheriff’s office received calls from motorists saying they were fired upon from an unknown direction while driving in the area of Rudd and Kite roads in Millers Creek. This is a business section near N.C. 16 North.

Deputies started patrolling the area and looking for an assailant after meeting with several of the callers and investigating bullet holes in multiple vehicles, said Kerr.

He said deputies responded and found Trent lying in woods on Rudd Miller Road and took him into custody after receiving a call about a man trespassing on property at an address near where he was found.

Four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and three counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle against Trent were dismissed.

Doughton ordered that Trent make restitution payments to Albert Spears and Jimmy McGlamery.

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