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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

March 2, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Three Individuals Sentenced in Federal Court

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Three individuals were sentenced on February 28, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

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

RYAN ARMSTRONG, age 22, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and JUSTIN THOMAS, age 22, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment to be followed by 2 years of supervised release. ARMSTRONG and THOMAS entered pleas of guilty on October 25, 2010, to one count of aiding and abetting in the possession of a destructive device on June 27, 2007, in Westover, West Virginia. ARMSTRONG was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. THOMAS, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and 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.

HARRY PAUL HERSHMAN a/k/a “PETE”, age 54 of Tunnelton, West Virginia, was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. HERSHMAN entered a plea of guilty on November 3, 2010, to one count of possession of a firearm on December 31, 2009, in Tunnelton, after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. HERSHMAN, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Preston County Sheriff’s Department.


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