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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

March 1, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five Individuals Were Sentenced
During the Month of February
for Federal Supervised Release Violations

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Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced the recent sentencings of five individuals after their supervised release was revoked for various violations.

The specific information is as follows:

LARRY JUNIOR WHALEN, age 61, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey to 24 months imprisonment for making and setting off pipe bombs. WHALEN was originally sentenced on July 29, 2003, to 52 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. WHALEN was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti.

JOHN F. WILLS, age 34, of Morgan County, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Bailey to 12 months imprisonment to be followed by 12 months of supervised release for fleeing from officer and attempted grand larceny. WILLS was originally sentenced on June 16, 2006, to 41 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. WILLS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti.

JAMES EDWARD MCFARLAND, age 27, of Berkeley County, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Bailey to 10 months imprisonment for failure to attend counseling sessions, an indecent exposure charge and a positive drug screen. MCFARLANE was originally sentenced on October 10, 2006, to 33 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for providing a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm. MCFARLAND’s supervision was previously revoked on July 12, 2010, for previous violations of his supervised release, and he was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and 22 months of supervised release at that time. MCFARLAND was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti.

HAROLD WEIGHTMAN WILLIAMS, III, age 40, of Mt. Clare, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Irene M. Keeley to 10 months imprisonment for testing positive for the use of cocaine. WILLIAMS was originally sentenced on February 12, 2003, to 110 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. WILLIAMS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower.

JENNIFER TARNOWSKI, age 30, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced by Judge Irene M. Keeley to 6 months imprisonment for failure to attend substance abuse counseling; knowingly making false statements to the Court during a revocation hearing; associating with convicted felon without probation officer’s permission; and, submitting untruthful monthly report forms. TARNOWSKI was originally sentenced on December 12, 2007, to 16 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine. TARNOWSKI was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. The United States Attorney’s Office was represented at the hearing by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan.

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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