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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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August 20, 2013
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New York Resident Sentenced to More than Six Years Imprisonment on Oxycodone Conviction

Eight Others Appear for Pleas and Sentencing

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II
announced that the following individuals recently appeared in Federal Court in Clarksburg.

BRIAN CLARKE, age 25, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release pursuant to an earlier entered plea of guilty to “Distribution of Oxycodone” in Monongalia County, West Virginia. CLARKE was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and investigated by the West Virginia State Police.

NATHAN SCOTT, age 29, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for pursuant to an earlier entered plea of guilty to “Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine” SCOTT was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and investigated by Morgantown Police Department, West Virginia State Police and the United States Marshals Office.

ANTHONY CRIPPIN, age 29, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release pursuant to an earlier entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Heroin within 1,000 Feet of WVU.” CRIPPIN was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and investigated by the Mon Valley Drug Task Force and the West Virginia State Police. The task force consists of officers from Morgantown Police Department, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

JENNIFER KELLEY, age 28, of Morgantown was sentenced to four years probation, with the first eight months to be served under home confinement with electronic monitoring, pursuant to an earlier entered plea of guilty to “Distribution of Cocaine Hydrochloride.” This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

SHANE LEWIS GILLESPIE, age 24, of Clarksburg, entered a plea of guilty to “Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of and Addict to a Controlled Substance.” GILLESPIE, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. This case was prosecuted by Criminal Chief Shawn A. Morgan and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Clarksburg Police Department and the Belpre, Ohio, Police Department.

ORTHON HERNANDEZ, age 30, an inmate at USP Hazelton, entered a plea of guilty to “Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm.” HERNANDEZ was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment to run consecutive to his current 93-month sentence.

BERNARD BATTLE, age 39, an inmate at USP Hazelton, entered a plea of guilty to four counts of “Indecent Exposure.” BATTLE was sentenced to 360 days imprisonment to run consecutive to his current 36-year sentence.

The HERNANDEZ and BATTLE cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower and investigated by the Special Investigative Services Unit at USP Hazleton.

CASEY SMITH, age 21, of Morgantown, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Oxycodone.” SMITH, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and investigated by Mon Valley Drug Task Force.

TIMOTHY LINGO, age 30, of Westover, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” LINGO, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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