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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 13, 2014

Nine Individuals Sentenced For Federal Supervised Release Violations


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that during the month of December nine 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)

DUPRE E. PHILLIPS, age 31, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for failure to notify probation office of change in residence and failure to participate in treatment program. PHILLIPS was originally sentenced on June 16, 2006, to 122 months in prison and three years of supervised release for distribution of crack cocaine. In February of 2009, PHILLIPS’ sentence was reduced to 98 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines and in November of 2011, PHILLIPS’ sentence was again reduced to 64 months pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines. PHILLIPS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

ILLES WILLIAMS, age 34, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for committing a new offense of Perjury. WILLIAMS was originally sentenced on January 22, 2009, to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine. In February of 2009, WILLIAMS’ sentence was reduced to 63 months pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines. WILLIAMS self-reported to the designated Federal institution on January 6, 2014.

THOMAS JEFFERSON DEEM, age 25, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for the unlawful use and possession of a controlled substance. DEEM was originally sentenced on November 9, 2012, to 6 months in prison and two years of supervised release for the distribution of hydrocodone within 1,000 feet of a protected location. DEEM was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

SHANNON ROSE AMSLER, age 27, of Stonewood, West Virginia, was sentenced to 6 months in prison for the use and possession of synthetic marijuana. AMSLER was originally sentenced on April 2, 2009, to 37 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a protected location. AMSLER was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The United States was represented at the Clarksburg revocation hearings by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan.

ELKINS DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Chief Judge John Preston Bailey)

PATRICK MARTIN, age 35, of Glenville, West Virginia, was sentenced to 11 months in prison and 25 months of supervised release for committing the new offenses of trespassing, public intoxication and excessive use of alcohol. MARTIN was originally sentenced on September 8, 2008, to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. On March 8, 2010, MARTIN’s supervised release was revoked due to his failure to register as a sex offender and he was sentenced to 11 months in prison and 25 months of supervised release. MARTIN was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

GREGORY STEPHEN SCOTT, age 33, of Beverly, West Virginia, was sentenced to 3 months in prison and 33 months of supervised release for possession and use of a controlled substance. SCOTT was originally sentenced on May 22, 2012, to 6 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute marijuana. SCOTT, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution on January 28, 2014.

The United States was represented at the Elkins revocation hearings by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shawn A. Morgan and Stephen D. Warner.

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

DENNIS SHAWN SCHUCH, age 44, of Reynoldsville, West Virginia, was sentenced to 14 months in prison for testing positive for the use of synthetic marijuana, failure to report for drug testing, failure to secure employment and committing another offense of driving on a suspended license. SCHUCH was originally sentenced on November 2, 2002, to 163 months in prison and five years of supervised release for the distribution of LSD within 1,000 feet of a school. On November 30, 2004, SCHUCH’s sentence was reduced to 120 months in prison. SCHUCH was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

FRANCOIS ANTONIO BROWN, age 24, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment and 56 months of supervised release for testing positive for the use of controlled substances, failure to report for drug screens and failure to attend substance abuse counseling. BROWN was originally sentenced on August 11, 2008, to 70 months in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine. BROWN was released to supervised release on June 14, 2013, and these violations began within two months of his release. BROWN was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The United States was represented at the Wheeling revocation hearings by Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Parr.
MARTINSBURG DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Judge Gina M. Groh)

WALTER JOHNSON, age 51, of Washington, DC, was sentenced to 48 months of supervised release with the first six months to be served under home detention for committing the offense of operating a vehicle while impaired. JOHNSON was originally sentenced on January 29, 2008, to 70 months in prison and 4 years of supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine. In November of 2011, JOHNSON’s sentence was reduced to 60 months pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines.

The United States was represented at the Martinsburg revocation hearing by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti.

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.

Updated January 7, 2015