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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

November 1, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nine Individuals Sentenced
for Federal Supervised Release Violations

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced the recent sentencings of nine individuals after their supervised release was revoked for various violations.

The specific information is as follows:

MATTHEW RYAN LAMM, age 32, of Weston, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Irene M. Keeley to an additional 24 months of imprisonment for testing positive for drugs on two occasions; doctor shopping for narcotic prescriptions and not informing his probation officer about new narcotic prescriptions; incurring multiple criminal charges for failing to pay child support, embezzlement and traffic offense; and, failing to inform his probation officer about being arrested or quested by law enforcement. LAMM was initially sentenced to 30 months imprisonment to be followed by six years supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a protected location. LAMM in federal custody. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower.

CRAIG FORD, of Follansbee, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. to an additional 14 months imprisonment for the unlawful possession of a cellular telephone while residing at a Residential Reentry Facility at Bannum Place in Wheeling. FORD was initially sentenced to 30 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of ammunition. FORD is in federal custody. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri.

JOSEPH M. KING, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Stamp to an additional 12 months and one day imprisonment for testing positive for the use of cocaine and missing three of his drug-counseling sessions. This is KING’s second revocation being previously revoked in October of 2010 and sentenced to an additional six months imprisonment to be followed by 30 months of supervised release. KING was initially sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for the possession with intent to distribute marijuana. KING is in federal custody. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr.

STERLING WRIGHT, of Wheeling, was sentenced by Judge Stamp to an additional 12 months and 1 day imprisonment for the use of alcohol on two occasions; failing to answer truthfully all inquiries of the probation officer; failing to report to the probation officer on four occasions; and, failing to participate in substance abuse counseling. This is WRIGHT’s second revocation being previously revoked in March of 2010 and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment to be followed by 59 months of supervised release. WRIGHT was initially sentenced to 37 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a protected location. WRIGHT is in federal custody. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr.

MICHAEL J. MCGILL, of Moundsville, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Stamp to an additional 10 months imprisonment to be followed by 2 years of supervised release for testing positive for the use of a controlled substance. MCGILL was initially sentenced to 58 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. MCGILL is in federal custody. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr.

CHRISTOPHER WOOD, of Weirton, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Stamp to an additional 10 months imprisonment for testing positive for the use of narcotics on two occasions and failing to report to the probation office as instructed. WOOD was initially sentenced to 32 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for providing a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm. WOOD is in federal custody. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri.

RICHARD EARL CRAYTON, JR., age 44, of Bridgeport, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Keeley to an additional 7 months imprisonment for violations of the conditions of his supervised release for testing positive for controlled substances and failing to attend treatment sessions. CRAYTON was originally sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. CRAYTON is in federal custody and will received credit for time served since July 27, 2011. The United States Attorney's Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower:

STEVE HALLER, age 43, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Keeley to an additional 6 months of imprisonment to be followed by 54 months of supervised release for committing another crime while on supervised release for testing positive on three different drug screens. HALLER was originally sentenced to 188 months imprisonment to be followed by five years supervised release for distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. HALLER is in federal custody. The United States Attorney's Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan.

HAROLD WEIGHTMAN WILLIAMS, III, of Mt. Clare, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Keeley to an additional 2 months imprisonment to be followed by 34 months of supervised release for leaving the probation office after being informed he would be drug tested and failing to return; using marijuana and possessing hypodermic needles; and, not advising probation of a change in his residence. WILLIAMS was initially sentenced to 110 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. WILLIAMS is in federal custody. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower.

The United States Probation Office carries out probation and pretrial services functions throughout the Northern District of West Virginia. With locations in Wheeling, Clarksburg, Martinsburg, and Elkins, the office works to assist the federal courts in the fair administration of justice, to protect the community, and to bring about long-term positive change in individuals under supervision. Jeff Givens is the Chief Probation Officer for the Northern District.

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