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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 17, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Two Individuals Sentenced in Federal Court

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Two individuals were sentenced on December 15, 2009, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:

DONALD GASCHLER was sentenced to 115 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. GASCHLER entered a plea of guilty on June 16, 2009, to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin from January of 2002 to February 3, 2009, in Weirton, West Virginia, and one count of possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense on December 4, 2008, in Follansbee, West Virginia. GASCHLER was arrested on November 20, 2009, for failure to appear for his previously scheduled sentencing hearing and was, therefore, remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the Hancock/Brooke/Weirton Drug & Violent Crime Task Force; the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania State Police; the Steubenville, Ohio, Police Department; the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department; the Weirton Street Crimes Unit, and the Pittsburgh Police Department. The Hancock/Brooke/Weirton Drug & Violent Crime Task Force consists of officers from the Weirton Police Department, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department, the Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

RAYSHAWN VIOLET, age 25, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release. VIOLET entered a plea of guilty on November 4, 2009, to one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number on November 28, 2008, in Wheeling. VIOLET was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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