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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

March 2, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Individuals Sentenced in Federal Court

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Two 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:

DARREL MCHONEY, age 41, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced to 94 months imprisonment to be followed by 4 years of supervised release. MCHONEY was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment for his November 12, 2010, guilty pleas to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to an additional and consecutive sentence of 24 months for his violation of his previous supervised release.

In March of 2010, MCHONEY was serving a 3-year term of supervised release for a 2004 Federal felony conviction for distribution of cocaine base, having been released from prison in August of 2008. In March of 2010, a warrant had been issued for his arrest for violation of his supervised release. On March 26, 2010, United States Marshals, with assistance from the Fairmont Police Department and the Three Rivers Drug Task Force, went to a Fairmont residence to arrest MCHONEY. After arresting MCHONEY on the supervised release revocation, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence which resulted in the agents finding four bags of marijuana, cocaine, digital scales with cocaine residue and three 9mm firearms. As part of his plea, MAHONEY agreed to the forfeiture/abandonment of a Bryco Arms Jennings 9mm pistol; a Bryco Arms Jennings 9mm pistol, serial number 1561469, a Taurus 9mm pistol, and the sum of $260 seized during the search of March 26, 2010. MCHONEY was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

MATTHEW HAYES, age 26, of Rivesville, West Virginia, was sentenced to 3 years probation with the first 6 months to be served under home confinement. HAYES is also required to complete a 6-month in-patient addiction program. HAYES entered a plea of guilty on November 4, 2010, to one count of distribution of heroin on April 6, 2010, in Millersville, West Virginia.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and were investigated by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Fairmont Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

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