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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

October 19, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Grand Jury Indicts Three Individuals

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA - Three individuals were named in three Indictments returned on October 18, 2011, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Elkins, West Virginia.

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

WOODROW JEFFERSON DAVIS, III, age 23, of Moorefield, West Virginia, was named in a two-count Indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, that being “possession of a Schedule II drug,” a felony in violation of Virginia Code; and one count of being a drug user in possession of a firearm, both on July 11, 2010, in Hardy County. The Indictment also contains a Forfeiture Allegation wherein the United States seeks to forfeit a Febrica De Armas 7 mm caliber rifle and BSA Catseye scope. If convicted, DAVIS faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on both counts. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner and was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

MELISSA MILLER, age 44, of Wardensville, West Virginia, was named in a one-count Indictment charging her with converting social security benefits she received in the amount of $9,579, for the use and benefit of her child for a use other than for the benefit of her child. If convicted, MILLER faces a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner and was investigated by agents of the Social Security Administration/Office of Inspector General.

TITO RODESNO RIOS, age 35, a native of El Salvador, was named in a one-count Indictment charging him with illegal reentry into the United States in October 6, 2011, without the consent of the Secretary of Homeland Security nor the Attorney General of the United States to reapply for admission to the United States, after having been deported on November 5, 2009. If convicted, RIOS faces a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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