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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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December 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Three Individuals Enter Pleas of Guilty in Federal Court

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Three individuals entered pleas of guilty on December 19, 2011, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

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

MILDRED S. KIRKPATRICK a/k/a MILLIE, age 43, of Wheeling, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging her with the distribution of oxycodone on May 9, 2011, in Moundsville, West Virginia. KIRKPATRICK admitted selling oxycodone and making approximately $3,000 per month by selling her dying husband’s pain medication. KIRKPATRICK, who in on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

KEVIN T. IRELAND, age 53, of New Cumberland, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with manufacturing in excess of 100 marijuana plants on September 17, 2011. As part of his plea, IRELAND has agreed to the forfeiture of $99,863 seized from his residence and real property located in New Cumberland. IRELAND, who is on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 5 to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000. This case was investigated by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Weirton Police Department, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

IAN WELSHANS, age 29, of Wheeling, entered a plea of guilty to one count of attempted transfer of obscenity to a minor on June 23, 2010. As part of his plea, WELSHANS agree to voluntarily abandon all right, title, interest and claim to the computer equipment (hardware, electronic storage media, and accessories) used in commission of the offense including: One (1) Dell Studio laptop Model PP39L, Service Tag Number DC24ZL1 and One (1) Western Digital 40 gigabyte hard drive bearing serial number WCAJ61389222 which were seized from him on or about August 8, 2011. WELSHANS, who is on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard.

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