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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: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

July 2, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wheeling man sentenced for
Interstate Domestic Violence

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 39-year old Wheeling, West Virginia, man was sentenced on July 2, 2012, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

CURTIS L. SMELLEY was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release. SMELLEY previously pled guilty to one count of “Interstate Domestic Violence” by admitting that he tried to run into his ex-girlfriend’s car during a chase that began in West Virginia and ended in Ohio. SMELLEY threatened his ex-girlfriend by telephone and then attempted to strike her car with his car in June of 2011 as both were traveling on Wheeling Island. The victim then fled across the state line into Bridgeport, Ohio, with SMELLEY in pursuit. SMELLEY was unsuccessful in striking the victim’s car but did crash into two Bridgeport, Ohio police cruisers before leaving the scene.

SMELLEY was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Ihlenfeld and was investigated by the Wheeling Police Department.

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