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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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December 19, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Moorefield Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years
for Trafficking of Painkillers

Sixteen Others Appear for Plea and Sentencing Hearings

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that TIMOTHY JUSTON WIMER, age 29, of Moorefield, West Virginia, was sentenced to 188 months in prison as a result of his convictions for “Possession with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone,” “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone,” “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” and “Possession with Intent to Distribute Morphine.” The investigation began in 2012 and ended in 2013, with the criminal acts taking place in Grant and Hardy counties.

WIMER has five prior felony convictions in State Court in Hardy, Grant, and Mineral counties, including one for “Sexual Assault.” He was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal prison.

This case was investigated by uniformed officers of the West Virginia State Police, West Virginia State Police-BCI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Moorefield Police Department, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Judge John Preston Bailey imposed the sentence upon WIMER.

Sixteen others appeared before Judge Bailey and Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull for plea and sentencing hearings, as follows:

JAMES FRANKLIN FLUHARTY, age 45, of Bridgewater, Virginia, was sentenced to 57 months in prison for Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” FLUHARTY, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution. This case was investigated by uniformed officers of the West Virginia State Police and the West Virginia State Police BCI unit.

RODOLFO VILLAGOMEZ CORREA a/k/a “CHINO,” age 33, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for “Possession of Firearms by an Alien Illegally in the United States.” The Court ordered that CORREA’s sentence run consecutive to any sentence he may receive in Upshur County, where he has been charged with murder. The Court also ordered that CORREA abandon to the United States Department of Homeland Security all right, title, interest and claim to 16 firearms, a counterfeit Resident Alien Card, a counterfeit Permanent Resident Card, and other items seized. CORREA was returned back to the custody of the State of West Virginia. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI); the West Virginia State Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the United States Forest Service; and, the Buckhannon Police Department.

LEONARDO RAMOS RODRIGUEZ, age 36, of Petersburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for one count off “Distribution of Oxycodone” and one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” RODRIGUEZ was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI); the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; uniformed officers of the West Virginia State Police; the Grant County Sheriff’s Office; and, the Grant County Probation Office.

JACK FRANCIS GIBBINS, age 36, of Moorefield, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for “Distribution of Heroin.” GIBBINS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL FISCHER, age 27, of Moorefield, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for “Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” FISCHER, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

TONYA RENEE HAYMOND, age 28, of Romney, West Virginia, was sentenced to 31 months in prison for “Distribution of Heroin.” HAYMOND was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

ROGER ALLEN SEE, age 23, of Lost River, West Virginia, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for “Possession of Material to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” SEE, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

The GIBBONS, FISCHER, HAYMOND and SEE cases were investigated by the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office and the Moorefield Police Department.

LISHA LYNN RUNIONS, age 52, of Fisher, West Virginia, and, LISA LYNN CRITES, 37, of Moorefield, were sentenced to 5 years of probation for “Possession of Material Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-BCI, uniformed officers of the West Virginia State Police and the Hardy County Sheriff’s Department.

MEGAN ROHRBAUGH, age 23, of Rio, West Virginia, was sentenced to 2 years of probation for “Distribution of Oxycodone.” This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-BCI.

TIMOTHY ALLEN HAWKS, age 20, ELIZABETH CHRISTINE SAMPSELL, age 42, COURTNEY LEE KNIGHT, age 30, and CYNTHIA MARIE TAYLOR, age 28, of Moorefield, entered pleas of guilty before Magistrate Kaull. HAWKS entered a plea to “Possession of Material to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine” and SAMPSELL, KNIGHT and TAYLOR entered pleas of guilty to ““Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” HAWKS, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison. SAMPSELL, KNIGHT and TAYLOR, who are free on bond pending sentencing, face up to 20 years in prison. This case was investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI); the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office and the Moorefield Police Department.

MATTHEW PAUL SELLERS, age 25, of Annapolis, Maryland, entered a plea of guilty before Judge Kaull to “Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” SELLERS, who is in bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.

SUSAN CHLOE RIDLEY, age 48, of Parsons, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty before Judge Bailey to “Distribution of Pseudoephedrine.” RIDLEY, who is on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 5 years in prison. This case was investigated by agents and officers of the United States Forest Service and the Tucker County Sheriff’s Office.

The above-listed cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner.

PATRICK S. CRITES, age 46, of Moorefield, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for “Transmitting Threatening Communications in Interstate Commerce.” CRITES was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institiution. This case was prosecuted by Criminal Chief Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the United States Secret Service, as the threat was made to the White House.

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