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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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November 15, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Four Defendants Sentenced in Federal Court


CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Four defendants were sentenced today (November 15, 2010) in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

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

WILLIAM RUSSELL BARNES, SR., age 63, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment to be followed by six years supervised release. BARNES entered a plea of guilty on July 21, 2010, to one count of an Information charging him with the distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a playground on July 8, 2009, in Clarksburg. BARNES is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution. The case was investigated by the Veterans Administration - Office of Inspector General; the United States Postal Inspection Service; and the Harrison/Lewis County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting 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.

ROBERT ALLEN HILL, also known as “BOBBY,” age 21, of Lost Creek, West Virginia, was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release. BRANDON LAMB, age 23, also of Lost Creek, was sentenced to 42 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release. HILL and LAMB each entered a plea of guilty on July 16, 2010, to one count of an Indictment charging them with aiding and abetting in the possession, concealment, sale, and disposal of six firearms, in and affecting commerce, knowing that they were stolen, from January 8 to 13, 2010, in Harrison and Lewis Counties. HILL is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution. LAMB is in custody. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the West Virginia State Police.

GEORGE RICHARD SMITH, age 38, of Sutton, West Virginia, was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release. SMITH entered a plea of guilty on July 29, 2010, to one count of an Indictment charging him with conspiring to distribute Fentanyl and Hydromorphone. SMITH’s sentence is to run consecutive to the state sentence he is currently serving. The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the West Virginia State Police.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Angus Morgan.

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