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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

 


November 10, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Three Individuals Sentenced in Federal Court

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Three individuals were sentenced today (November 10, 2009), in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:

ALFRED ANDERSON, age 35, of Hagerstown, Maryland, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. ANDERSON entered a plea of guilty on July 20, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging him with aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute “crack” cocaine on October 18, 2008, in Monongalia County. The Court found that ANDERSON was involved in the distribution of 372.2 grams of crack cocaine. ANDERSON was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

ISAIAH N. PRINCE, age 27, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced to 108 months imprisonment to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. PRINCE entered a plea of guilty on July 10, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging him with aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine base, also known as “crack,” on January 2, 2009, in Marion County. PRINCE was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley. The case was investigated by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Fairmont Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

RICHARD EUGENE MCWHIRT a/k/a “SPIDEY”, age 29, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 96 months imprisonment to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. MCWHIRT entered a plea of guilty on July 20, 2009, to aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm in Clarksburg, in December of 2008, which had been shipped in interstate commerce. MCWHIRT was also sentenced to a term of 24 months imprisonment, to be served consecutive to the 96 month-sentence pursuant to a revocation of his supervised release for the same criminal misconduct. The reimposition of a $3,500 fine from a prior Northern District of Oklahoma case was also ordered. MCWHIRT was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Angus Morgan. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; the Clarksburg Police Department; and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

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