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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

February 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Four Individuals Sentenced on
Methamphetamine Charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Four individuals were sentenced on February 8 and 9, 2011, in United States District Court in Elkins by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.

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

CARISA M. CONFERE, age 33, was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,100.00 to the Drug Enforcement Administration (clandestine laboratory cleanup). CONFERE entered a plea of guilty on November 19, 2010, to a one-count Information charging her with manufacturing a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on May 28, 2008, in Lewis County. CONFERE is in custody. The case was investigated by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

JOHN MICHAEL SPAUR, age 50, of Buckhannon, was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release. SPAUR entered a plea of guilty on October 1, 2010, to one count of an Indictment charging him with possessing equipment, chemical, product and material used to manufacture methamphetamine, having reasonable cause to believe that the equipment, chemical and material would be used to illegally manufacture a controlled substance on March 20, 2009, in Upshur County. SPAUR is in custody. The case was investigated by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Police Department, the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

JESSE E. HOWES, age 26, was sentenced to 51 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,811.25 to the Drug Enforcement Administration (clandestine laboratory cleanup). HOWES entered a plea of guilty on November 1, 2010, to one count of an Indictment charging him with possessing equipment, chemical, product and material used to manufacture methamphetamine, with the intent to facilitate the manufacture of methamphetamine on June 7, 2010, in Upshur County. HOWES is in custody. The case was investigated by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

DANIELLE N. BENNETT, age 21, of Buckhannon, was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release. BENNETT entered a plea of guilty on September 14, 2010, to one count of an Indictment charging her with possessing equipment, chemical, product and material used to manufacture methamphetamine, with the intent to facilitate the manufacture of methamphetamine on May 27, 2010, in Upshur County. BENNETT is in custody. The case was investigated by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner.

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