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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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August 20, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Marshall County Resident Convicted for the
Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin

Six Others Appear for Pleas and Sentencing

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

AMANDA ALLISON, age 26, of Cameron, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin” from January of 2013 to April 6, 2013. ALLISON, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000

TYLER JAY HOYLE, age 22, of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, co-defendant of ALLISON, was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release for “Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin” from January of 2013, to April 6,
2013. in Cameron. HOYLE was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force consisting of officers and agents from the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

ERICA MORRIS HERCULES, age 29, of Wheeling, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release pursuant to an earlier entered plea of guilty to “Aiding and Abetting a Prohibited Person in the Possession of a Firearm.” HERCULES had previously been convicted in the Circuit Court of Ohio County of the felony offense of “Uttering.” HERCULES was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives along with the Wheeling Police Department.

MATTHEW SCOTT HEDRICK, age 32 and KIMBERLY LYNN NELSON, age 30, of New Martinsville, West Virginia, entered pleas of guilty to “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” HEDRICK and NELSON, who are in custody pending sentencing, face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

JAMES GREATHOUSE, age 23, of Wheeling, entered a plea of guilty to “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” GREAT HOUSE, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

STEPHEN J. BOSICK, JR., age 18, of Weirton, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Use, Possession, Carrying and Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence.” BOSICK, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces at least seven years and up to life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

The GREATHOUSE and BOSICK cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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