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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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January 5, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grand Jury Indicts Five Individuals

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Five individuals were named in four Indictments returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on January 4, 2012.

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

HARVEY BREWER, age 39, an inmate at FCI Gilmer and TASHA SHELEKA SAUNDERS, age 32, of Baltimore, Maryland, were named in a one-count Indictment charging them with aiding and abetting the escape of BREWER from FCI Gilmer on August 28, 2010, where he was in confined at the direction of the Attorney General upon a conviction in the District of Maryland for the offense of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. If convicted, BREWER and SAUNDERS face a maximum exposure of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Glenville detachment and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

JAMES RUSSELL CHEWNING, age 45, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was named in a three-count Indictment. Counts One and Three charge CHEWNING with possession of a firearm in the Spring of 2010 and on August 28, 2010, in Upshur County, West Virginia, after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding on year. Count Two charges CHEWNING with possession of a stolen firearm in the Spring of 2010. If convicted, CHEWNING faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count.

ERIC DEBERRY, age 34, of Salem, West Virginia, was named in a two-count Indictment. Count One charges DEBERRY with possession of a firearm on May 17, 2011, in Harrison Count, West Virginia, after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding on year. Count Two charges DEBERRY with possession of a stolen firearm on May 17, 2011. If convicted, DEBERRY faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count.

These cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

JORDAN MICHAEL DUNLAP, age 27, of Clay, West Virginia, was named in a two-count Indictment charging DUNLAP with possession of stolen firearms on two separate occasions on September 30, 2011. If convicted, DUNLAP faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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

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