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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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(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

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May 15, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fifteen Individuals Sentenced for
Federal Supervised Release Violations

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that during the month of April, fifteen (15) individuals had their supervised release revoked for violating terms and conditions imposed by the United States District Court.

CLARKSBURG DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Judge Irene M. Keeley)

James Arthur STEVENS, age 25, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for failure to report to probation officer, failure to report change of address, failure to notify probation officer of law enforcement contact and fleeing from officer. STEVENS was originally sentenced on July 25, 2011, to 21 months in prison and six years of supervised release for distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a protected location. On July 18, 2013, STEVENS’ supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 66 months of supervised release for use of a controlled substance and failure to complete drug treatment. STEVENS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Jesse James ROTON, age 46, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for failure to reside at Dismas Charities in St. Albans, West Virginia, and failure to notify probation officer prior to change in residence. ROTON was originally sentenced on May 19, 2011, to 33 months in prison and ten years of supervised release for failure to update sex offender registration. ROTON was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Richael DOBBS, age 47, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for possession and distribution of cocaine, failure to attend substance abuse counseling, failure to submit monthly report forms and associating with a convicted felon. DOBBS was originally sentenced on March 6, 2008, to 78 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine and the distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and playground. In November of 2011, DOBBS’ sentence was reduced to 45 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines. On October 10, 2012, DOBBS’ supervised release
was revoked and she was sentenced to 14 months in prison and 58 months of supervised release for possession and use of a controlled substance and alcohol and failure to report for drug testing. DOBBS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Keith A. VALENTINE, age 35, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for failure to abide by rules and regulations of Dismas Charities in St. Albans, West Virginia. VALENTINE was originally sentenced on March 14, 2013, to 21 months in prison and six months of supervised release for failure to update sex offender registration. VALENTINE was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Lateef Jamal LINGHAM, age 39, of Marietta, Ohio, was sentenced to 6 months in prison for failure to notify probation officer of change of residence, failure to submit monthly report forms, testing positive for the use of cocaine and associating with a convicted felon. LINGHAM was originally sentenced on February 21, 2008, to 108 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a playground. In November of 2011, LINGHAM’s sentence was reduced to 70 months pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines. LINGHAM was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Larry Donald SANDY, age 46, of Rosedale, West Virginia, was sentenced to 4 months in prison for possession and use of a controlled substance. SANDY was originally sentenced on August 8, 2012, to 12 months and 1 day in prison and four years of supervised release for manufacturing marijuana. SANDY, who is on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

Keith LEAVENGOOD, age 47, of Metz, West Virginia, was sentenced to 3 months in prison and 45 months of supervised release for possession and purchase of synthetic marijuana, frequenting places that sell or distribute synthetic marijuana, associating with convicted felon, engaging in illegal conduct and failure to report for drug testing. LEAVENGOOD was originally sentenced on October 11, 2012, to 12 months in prison and four years of supervised release for the distribution of hydrocodone and alprazolam within 1,000 feet of a protected location. LEAVENGOOD, who is on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

MARTINSBURG DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Judge Gina M. Groh)

Damon Lucky MITCHELL, age 36, of Martinsburg was sentenced to 14 months in prison for testing positive for the use of marijuana and cocaine, submitting untruthful monthly report form and failure to follow the instructions of the probation officer. MITCHELL was originally sentenced on October 25, 2000, to 219 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine. In February of 2009, MITCHELL’s sentence was reduced to 177 months in prison and in November of 2011, MITCHELL’s sentence was reduced to 141 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines. On May 23, 2013, MITCHELL’s supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to 8 months in prison and 28 months of supervised release for testing positive for the use of marijuana and failure to notify probation officer of change of address. MITCHELL was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Colton Lamar PITMAN, age 25, of Charles Town, West Virginia, was sentenced to 14 months in prison failure to be truthful with probation office, associating with convicted felon, use of synthetic marijuana, possession of heroin, failure to participate in drug treatment and failure to report to probation office. PITMAN was originally sentenced on January 27, 2011, to 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine. On November 29, 2012, PITMAN’s supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to 8 months in prison and 28 months of supervised release for possession of drug paraphernalia, use of marijuana and illegally obtaining prescription pills. PITMAN was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Matthew Richard PACK, age 28, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for failure to submit monthly report form, failure to notify probation officer of change of residence and employment, failure to make monthly restitution payments and failure to report for drug testing. PACK was originally sentenced on December 12, 2007, to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release for theft of firearms from a licensed dealer. On August 10, 2012, PACK’s supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to 7 months in prison and 29 months of supervised release for committing a new offense of domestic battery. PACK was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Marcel Quinton CRAIG, age 25, of Charles Town, was sentenced to 8 months in prison for failure to follow probation officer’s instructions, associating with a convicted felon and new misdemeanor charges for failure to maintain control and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. CRAIG was originally sentenced on January 26, 2011, to 18 months in prison and four years of supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine. On November 29, 2012, CRAIG’s supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to six months in prison and 30 months of supervised release for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and crack cocaine; associating with convicted felons and testing positive for the use of marijuana. CRAIG was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Orson NOEL, age 28, formerly of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced to 7 months in prison and 38 months of supervised release for testing positive for the use of marijuana, failure to participate in drug treatment, failure to report to probation officer and failure to submit monthly report forms. NOEL was originally sentenced on January 24, 2011, to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. NOEL was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Christina SAYLOR, age 27, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, was sentenced to 6 months in prison for testing positive for the use of heroin and morphine. SAYLOR was originally sentenced on July 27, 2010, to 15 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of heroin. On December 14, 2011, SAYLOR’s supervised release was revoked and she was sentenced to six months in prison and 66 months of supervised release for failure to report to probation officer and submit a truthful monthly report form and testing positive for the use of morphine. On September 11, 2012, SAYLOR’s supervised release was again revoked and she was sentenced to 10 months in prison and 56 months of supervised release for being untruthful with probation officer concerning contact with co-defendant, avoiding probation officer during attempted home visits and use of heroin and morphine. SAYLOR was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

WHEELING DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.)

David MCGOWAN, age 49, of Follansbee, West Virginia, was sentenced to 7 months in prison for failure to report for drug testing, use and possession of morphine and oxycodone and unsuccessful discharge from residential drug treatment. MCGOWAN was originally sentenced on July 18, 2011, to 1 day in prison and three years of supervised release. On July 15, 2013, MCGOWAN’s supervised release was revoked and he was sentence to 2 months in prison and 30 months of supervised release for possession and use of oxycodone. MCGOWAN, who is on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

ELKINS DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Chief Judge John Preston Bailey)

Tobias L. BENNETT, age 40, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison for failure to answer truthfully all inquiries of the probation officer, failure to notify probation officer of change in residence or employment, failure to participate in drug and alcohol treatment, possession of controlled substances, excessive use of alcohol and frequenting places where controlled substances are illegal used. BENNETT was originally sentenced on December 22, 2009, to 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possession equipment and chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine. BENNETT was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The United States was represented at the revocation hearings by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zelda E. Wesley, Stephen D. Warner, Shawn A. Morgan, Brandon S. Flower, Paul T. Camilletti and Randolph J. Bernard

The United States Probation Office carries out probation and pretrial services functions throughout the Northern District of West Virginia. With locations in Wheeling, Clarksburg, Martinsburg, and Elkins, the office works to assist the federal courts in the fair administration of justice, to protect the community, and to bring about long-term positive change in individuals under supervision. Jeff Givens is the Chief Probation Officer for the Northern District.

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