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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eight Individuals Sentenced In Federal Court


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that the following individuals appeared before Judge Irene M. Keeley for sentencing.

Christopher Vickers, age 25, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to 21 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of Monticello Avenue playground. Vickers, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution . This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar.

Marcus Gerald Barnett, age 33, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to 21 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a housing project. Barnett, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan.

Nino L. Mancino, age 43, of Fairmont, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison and three years of supervised release for the conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone. Mancino, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr.

The Vickers, Barnett and Mancinco cases were investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force., which is comprised of officers and agents from the Bridgeport Police Department, the Clarksburg Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the West Virginia State Police.

Christy D. Ruble, age 32, of West Milford, West Virginia, former officer in charge of the West Milford post office, was sentenced to 5 years probation for embezzlement from postal accounts. The Court also ordered Ruble to make restitution in the amount of $15,238.65 to the U.S. Postal Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Flower and investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

Four inmates at FCI Morgantown appeared before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull and entered pleas and were sentenced:

Robert Whitfield, age 29, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for obstruction of justice, with the sentence to run consecutively to his current sentence.

Eric Irizarry-Barriera, age 38; Nestor Diaz age 45; and, Stefan Toliver, age 27, were each sentenced to 3 months in prison for possession of a cell phone, with the sentence to run consecutively to their current sentences.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower and were investigated by the Special Investigative Services Unit at FCI Morgantown.

Updated January 7, 2015