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Federal Inmate and Brother Sentenced

William Ruble Illegally Distributed Controlled Substance, Scotty Ruble Provided
Contraband to Federal Inmate at USP Lee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 17, 2013

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA -- United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy announced today that a federal inmate currently serving a prison sentence at United States Penitentiary Lee has been sentenced to serve additional federal time after he was involved in the distribution of a controlled substance. His brother was also sentenced to serve federal time after he was involved in providing a controlled substance to a federal inmate.

William Ruble, age 35, was sentenced in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon on January 4, 2013, for intent to distribute and distributing a controlled substance, methamphetamine, following his guilty plea.

“The criminal enforcement work of the Department of Justice does not cease at the walls of a Federal Penitentiary,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “When laws of the United States are broken in prison, inmates must realize they will be held accountable for their actions.”

William Ruble, who was sentenced on May 18, 2009 to 57 months of incarceration by the Eastern District of Tennessee for knowingly possessing firearms and ammunition after having previously been convicted of crimes punishable by terms of imprisonment exceeding one year, was released from his federal sentence during the pendency of the action. He was sentenced to serve an additional 120 months of federal incarceration following his most recent conviction.

Scotty Ruble was sentenced to serve 60 months of federal incarceration following his guilty plea for intent to distribute and distributing a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

According to evidence provided by Special Assistant United States Attorney Debbie Stevens, on August 29, 2010, William Ruble was found to be in possession of methamphetamines after a visit with his brother, Scotty Ruble.

The investigation of this case was handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Special Investigative Unit of the Bureau of Prisons. Special Assistant United States Attorney Debbie Stevens prosecuted the cases for the United States.

 

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