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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

September 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Elkins Resident Enters Pleas of Guilty to Marijuana Charge
and Probation Violations

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA - A 30 year old Elkins, West Virginia, resident entered pleas of guilty on September 13, 2011, in United States District Court in Elkins before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that BILLY GEORGE LEARY, JR. entered a plea of guilty to one count of distribution of marijuana on December 10, 2010, in Elkins. LEARY, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

LEARY, who was sentenced to 5 years probation on November 6, 2006, for aiding and abetting in the manufacture of methamphetamine, admitted to three probation violations by committing another federal, state or local crime; possessing a controlled substance; and, distributing a controlled substance. LEARY faces an additional exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 for these violations.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner and was investigated by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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