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William J. Ihlenfeld, II
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September 30, 2013
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Five Sentenced, Two Convicted for Drug Trafficking in Marshall County


WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Five individuals were sentenced in federal court for their participation in the trafficking of prescription pain killers in Marshall County, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

WILBUR L. RICHARDSON, JR., age 47, and ANDREW J. RICHARDSON, age 22, of Bellaire, Ohio, were sentenced to 5 months in prison, 5 months of home detention and 6 years of supervised release for the “Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of the Moundsville Middle School.” WILBUR RICHARDSON and ANDREW RICHARDSON were remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

KRISTEN STURM, age 24; JENNIFER A. THOMPSON, age 25, and TYLER M. YOUNG, age 20, of Moundsville, West Virginia, were sentenced by Judge Stamp to 3 years of supervised probation for the felony offense of “Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of the Moundsville Middle School.” The Richardsons, Sturm, Thompson, and Young were all sentenced by U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr.
MONTRELL L. BLACK, also known as “SLIM”, age 20, of Wheeling, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine” and one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm” before U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert. BLACK, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison on the drug charge and up to 10 years in prison on the firearm charge.

DANIEL R. ROBERTSON, age 28, entered a plea of guilty before Judge Seibert to “Distribution of Oxymorphone.” ROBERTSON, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison.

These cases were investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force, which includes officers and agents from the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In other matters occurring in federal court in Wheeling, four Ohio Valley residents were either convicted or sentenced on drug-related charges.

MATTHEW SCOTT HEDRICK, age 32, of New Martinsville, WV, was sentenced to 8 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release; and, KIMBERLY LYNN NELSON, age 30, also of New Martinsville, was sentenced to 3 years of supervised probation for “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.” This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Judge Stamp imposed the sentences.

JAMES FERGUSON, age 37, of Valley Grove, WV, entered a plea of guilty before Judge Stamp to “Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone” in the Wheeling area from late 2011 to May 18, 2012. FERGUSON, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. This case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

CHRISTIAN E. IVERSON, age 26, of New Martinsville, appeared before Judge Seibert and entered a plea of guilty to “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” IVERSON, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri and investigated by the New Martinsville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

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