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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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December 14, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Five Individuals Sentenced in Federal Court

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Five individuals were sentenced on December 10, 2010, in United States District Court in Martinsburg by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that:

EDWARD AARON WHITEHEAD, age 33, of Washington, DC, was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release. WHITEHEAD entered a plea of guilty on November 13, 2009, to one count of distribution of crack cocaine on November 20, 2008, at the train station in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. WHITEHEAD was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Charles Town, West Virginia, Police Department.

STEVEN BLUNT, age 35, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment to be followed by four years of supervised release. BLUNT entered a plea of guilty on October 1, 2010, to one count of possession with intent to distribute over 100 grams of heroin on January 29, 2009. The heroin was discovered in BLUNT’s home when the United States Marshals’ Service entered the home to serve an arrest warrant on BLUNT for the charge of attempted murder out of Baltimore, Maryland. BLUNT was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

NICHOLAS DEMINDS, age 22, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment to be followed by four years of supervised release. DEMINDS entered a plea of guilty on August 16, 2010, to one count of possession with intent to distribute over 100 grams of heroin on January 29, 2009, in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. DEMINDS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.


These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and were investigated by agents of the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.

PENNY RENAE YOUNG, age 41, of Inwood, West Virginia, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. YOUNG was convicted by a federal jury trial on August 11, 2010, after a three-day trial, on two counts of credit card fraud. Specifically, YOUNG was convicted of obtaining and using a Pitney Bowes Visa Credit Card in her own name on the account of her employer. YOUNG used the credit card to make personal purchases including a computer, down payment on a cruise, and cell phone service. All of this was done without the knowledge or permission of her employer. YOUNG, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution on January 17, 2011. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

CHRISTOPHER COGLE, age 27, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. COGLE will serve this sentence upon the completion of a state sentence he is currently serving. COGLE entered a plea of guilty on September 7, 2010, to giving a false statement to a federal officer. On July 13, 2010, COGLE lied to a Deputy U.S. Marshal regarding the whereabouts of Candy Taunton, a fugitive for whom the U.S. Marshal Service was searching. COGLE knew where Candy Taunton was located and moved her to a new location shortly after being interviewed by the Deputy U.S. Marshal. COGLE was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. The case was investigated by the U. S. Marshal Service and the West Virginia State Police.

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