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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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May 8, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eight Individuals Enter Pleas in Federal Court

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Eight individuals entered pleas of guilty in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

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

TYRONE AARON ELDRIDGE, age 26, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty on May 2, 2012, to one count of distribution of crack cocaine in Martinsburg. ELDRIDGE, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

HEATH TODDLEY REDMAN, age 32, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty on May 2, 2012, to one count of distribution of crack cocaine in Martinsburg. REDMAN, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

RAYMOND BANTAN, age 38, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty on May 2, 2012, to one count of possession with intent to distribute of crack cocaine in Martinsburg. BANTAN, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

WILLIAM RONALD MONROE, age 32, entered a plea of guilty on May 2, 2012, to one count of distribution of crack cocaine in Falling Waters, West Virginia. MONROE, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 due to prior felony convictions.

VONZELLE WADE CAREY, entered a plea of guilty on May 3, 2012, to one count of distribution of crack cocaine in Martinsburg. CAREY, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 due to a prior felony conviction.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and were investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.

BRANDON LEE SPAUR, age 25, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty on May 2, 2012, to one count of possession with intent to distribute 37.9 grams crack cocaine in Berkeley County, West Virginia. SPAUR, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 5 to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber and was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force.

DERRAN HANKINS, age 30, of Randallstown, Maryland, entered a plea of guilty on May 4, 2012, to one cont of bank fraud. On August 31, 2011, Hankins developed a scheme to defraud SunTrust Bank by using false identification to obtain $48,500. HANKINS, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and the Arlington, Virginia, Police Department.

RONALD G. KISNER, II, age 26, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Abusive Sexual Contact on November 28, 2011, in Harpers Ferry National Park in Jefferson County, West Virginia. KISNER, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber and was investigated by the United States National Park Service.

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