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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

July 26, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Three Morgantown Residents Sentenced in Federal Court

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Three Morgantown, West Virginia, residents were sentenced last week in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

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

EUGENE BARNES, age 50, was sentenced on July 22, 2011, to 96 months imprisonment to be followed by 1 year of supervised release. BARNES entered a plea of guilty on March 30, 2011, to two counts of illegal use of a telephone to facilitate the distribution of crack cocaine on September 1, 2010, and October 13, 2010. BARNES 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 and was investigated by the Mon Valley Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Morgantown Police Department, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

ANTOINE LAWTON, age 39, was sentenced on July 22, 2011, to 77 months imprisonment to be followed by 6 years of supervised release. LAWTON entered a plea of guilty on April 8, 2011, to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of WVU on September 9, 2009. LAWTON was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

JAMES ARTHUR STEVENS, age 22, was sentenced on July 25, 2011, to 21 months imprisonment to be followed by 6 years of supervised release. STEVENS entered a plea of guilty on April 11, 2011, to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of WVU on September 21, 2009. LAWTON was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and were investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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