OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
April 20, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two Defendants Sentenced on Drug & Firearms Violations
One Defendant Entered Guilty Pleas to Firearms Violations
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Two defendants were sentenced and one defendant entered guilty pleas on April 17, 2009, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Judge Irene M. Keeley.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that:
PERCY JAMES LOVE, also known as “ACE,” age 20, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release. LOVE entered a plea of guilty on January 5, 2009, to one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of “crack” cocaine on September 19, 2007, in Clarksburg. LOVE is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution.
DAVID JOHNSON, age 38, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to five months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release with the first five months to be served on home detention. JOHNSON entered a plea of guilty on December 1, 2008, to one count of conspiracy to violate Federal Firearms Laws (“straw purchase” of firearms) in January 2008, in Clarksburg. JOHNSON is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution.
TYRA L. O’MARA, age 23, of Hagerstown, Maryland, entered guilty pleas to a two-count Information charging her with conspiracy to violate Federal Firearms Laws; and aiding and abetting in knowingly making or causing to be made a false statement or representation with respect to information required to be kept in Federal Firearms Licensee’s records. O’MARA, who is currently free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Angus Morgan. The cases were investigated by the Harrison/Lewis County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations; and the Three Rivers Drug Task Force. The Harrison/Lewis County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force consists of officers from the Clarksburg Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the Bridgeport Police Department, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Three Rivers Drug Task Force consists of officers from the Fairmont Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.
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