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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Four Eastern Panhandle Residents Enter Pleas Of Guilty


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

SCOTT D. MCDONOUGH, age 50, of Hampshire County, entered a plea of guilty to “Felon in Possession of Firearms.” As part of his plea, MCDONOUGH agreed to abandon his interest in 22 firearms. MCDONOUGH, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to
10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jarod J. Douglas and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

FRANK BRINKMEYER, age 43, PATRICIA BRINKMEYER, age 67, and, MICHAEL SMITH, age 39, of Martinsburg, entered pleas of guilty to “Distribution of Heroin.” FRANK BRINKMEYER, who is in custody pending sentencing, and PATRICIA BRINKMEYER and MICHAEL SMITH, who are free on bond pending sentencing, face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug
& Violent Crimes Task Force. The Task Force consists of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Updated January 7, 2015