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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

June 22, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Three Sentenced on Meth Charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Three individuals were sentenced on June 21, 2011, in United States District Court in Elkins, West Virginia, by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.

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

LUTHER MARTIN HEATER, also known as “LUKE,” age 34, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was sentenced to 86 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,585.00. HEATER entered a plea of guilty on March 25, 2011, to one count of an Indictment charging him with maintaining a residence for the purpose of manufacturing, storing, distributing, and using methamphetamine between April 21, 2010, and August 21, 2010. HEATER is in federal custody.

JAMES EVERETT HOVIS, age 25, of Rock Cave, West Virginia, was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment to be followed by five years supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,315.00. HOVIS entered a plea of guilty on March 8, 2011, to one count of an Indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and to manufacture more than five grams of methamphetamine from June 2010 to July 27, 2010, in Lewis County. HOVIS is in federal custody.

LAURIE ANN WALKER, age 47, of Buckhannon, was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,602.50. WALKER entered a plea of guilty on March 23, 2011, to one count of an Indictment charging her with stealing anhydrous ammonia, intending it to be used to manufacture methamphetamine on August 17, 2009, in Upshur County. WALKER is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The cases were investigated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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