OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
December 14, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two Ohio County Residents Enter Pleas of Guilty
to Cocaine Charges
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Two Ohio County, West Virginia, residents entered pleas of guilty today (December 14, 2009) in United States District Court in Wheeling before Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:
SHAWN HENDERSON, age 41, of Triadelphia, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine on May 7, 2009, within 1,000 feet of Bridge Street Middle School in Wheeling. As part of his plea, HENDERSON admitted to distributing as much as 100 grams of cocaine and has agreed to forfeit $639.00 seized from hiim which he admitted were drug proceeds. HENDERSON, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 1 to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000.
WILLIAM L. BEDWAY, age 40, of Wheeling, West Virginia, entered plea of guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine on May 5, 2009, within 1,000 feet of Wheeling Country Day School in Wheeling. BEDWAY, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 1 to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000.
This investigation is part of an ongoing investigation of cocaine and crack cocaine in Wheeling wherein controlled buys were made first from BEDWAY and then his source of supply, HENDERSON.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Task Force consists of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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