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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Seventeen Individuals Sentenced During The Month Of April For Federal Supervised Release And Probation Violations


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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that during the month of April, 2013, seventeen individuals had their supervised release or probation revoked for violating terms and conditions imposed by the United States District Court.

WHEELING DIVISION REVOCATIONS

(Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.)

JESSE TALERICO, age 26, of Steubenville, Ohio, was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment for failing to submit monthly reports in a timely manner, failure to follow instructions of probation officer and absconding from supervision. TALERICO was originally sentenced on September 14, 2009, to 3 years probation for possession with intent to distribute heroin. On July 2, 2012, TALERICO’s probation was revoked and he was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release. TALERICO was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

MATTHEW IAN HAUGHT, age 30, of Follansbee, West Virginia, was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment to be followed by 33 months of supervised release for use and possession of controlled substances and failure to report for scheduled drug screens. HAUGHT was originally sentenced on August 14, 2009, to 33 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for being a drug addict in possession of a firearm. HAUGHT will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

CRAIG ELMORE, age 25, of Weirton, West Virginia, was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment to be followed by 58 months of supervised release for possession and use of controlled substances; failure to report to probation officer; failure to participate in testing, counseling and treatment for drug abuse; and failure to notify probation officer to change in residence or employment. ELMORE was originally sentenced on August 25, 2008, to 46 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute more than
50 grams of cocaine base. On November 1, 2011, ELMORE’s sentence was reduced to 30 months imprisonment pursuant to the crack re-sentencing guidelines. ELMORE will self- report to the designated Federal institution.

The United States was represented at the Wheeling revocation hearings by Assistant
United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard.

CLARKSBURG DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Judge Irene M. Keeley)
JOSHUA BLEAU BARNETT, age 34, of Dunbar, West Virginia, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for absconding from supervision, failure to report to the probation officer and failure to follow the instruction of the probation officer. BARNETT was originally sentenced on September 2, 2004, to 33 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer. On May 17, 2012, BARNETT’s supervised release was revoked for possession and use of controlled substances and failure to report for drug testing and he was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and 30 months supervised release. BARNETT was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

ROBERT WALLS, age 45, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for failure to notify probation officer before obtaining any prescription medications, failure to truthfully answer inquiries of probation officer, failure to follow instructions of probation officer, possession and use of a prescription medication, failure to participate in substance abuse counseling, and state conviction for doctor shopping. WALLS was originally sentenced on July 11, 2008, to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for possession, sale and disposal of a firearm. On September 6, 2011, WALLS’ supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment and
27 months of supervised release. WALLS was remanded to the custody of the United States
Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

JENNIFER L. KELLY, age 30, of Bridgeport, West Virginia, was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for testing positive for the use of controlled substances, failure to appear for a drug screen and a new misdemeanor citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. KELLEY was originally sentenced on November 5, 2007, to 15 months imprisonment and 6 years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a playground. On August 26, 2011, KELLEY’s supervised release was revoked for testing positive for the use of controlled substances and failure to report for a drug test and she was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and 54 months of supervised release. KELLEY was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

STEVIE LAMAR STEPHENS, age 32, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment for testing positive for the use of marijuana on two separate occasions. STEPHENS was originally sentenced on January 3, 2006, to 41 months imprisonment and 6 years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base within
1,000 feet of a school. On March 14, 2008, STEPHENS sentence was reduced to 33 months imprisonment pursuant to the crack re-sentencing guidelines. STEPHENS will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

JOSEPH SPENCE, age 27, of Rachel, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for unlawful use and possession of a controlled substance, failure to report for drug testing on two occasions and four new traffic citations. SPENCE was originally sentenced on January 23, 2008, to 20 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base. On June 24, 2010, SPENCE’s supervised release was revoked for testing positive for the use of controlled substances and he was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment and 26 months of supervised release. SPENCE was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

HAROLD WEIGHTMAN WILLIAMS, III, age 42, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to
12 months imprisonment for failure to update sex offender registration, change in residence without permission and failure to submit to drug testing. WILLIAMS was originally sentenced on February 13, 2003, to 110 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. On October 27, 2011, WILLIAMS’ supervised release was revoked for failure to follow instructions of the probation officer, failure to submit to drug testing, use of marijuana and change of residence without permission and he was sentenced to 2 months imprisonment and 34 months of supervised release. On February 1, 2012, WILLIAMS’ supervised release was once again revoked for testing positive for the use of cocaine and he was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment and 24 months of supervised release. WILLIAMS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

CRAIG WAYNE SINGLETON, age 52, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to 5 months imprisonment to be followed by 67 months of supervised release for failure to follow instructions of probation officer, failure to participate in substance abuse counsel, failure to report for drug testing, frequenting places where controlled substances are used and associating with persons involved in criminal activity. SINGLETON was originally sentenced on April 5, 2007, to 63 months imprisonment and 6 years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected location. On October 31, 2008, SINGLETON’s sentence was reduced to 41 months imprisonment pursuant to the crack re- sentencing guidelines. SINGLETON will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

The United States was represented at the Clarksburg revocation hearings by Assistant
United States Attorneys Shawn A. Morgan, Brandon S. Flower and Zelda E. Wesley.

MARTINSBURG DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Judge Gina M. Groh)
DELMAR HOZA CURRY, age 32, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to
18 months imprisonment for failure to submit timely monthly reports, conviction for no operators, arrest on two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, failure to report police contact with probation officer and failure to truthfully answer the probation officer’s inquiry. CURRY was originally sentenced on December 2, 2002, to 78 months imprisonment and 60 months of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. On July 21, 2010, CURRY’s supervised release was revoked for failure to report for drug testing and failure to attend treatment program and he was sentenced to 5 months imprisonment and 48 months of supervised release. CURRY was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

SHANNON JAMES BARNEY, age 30, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for use of controlled substances, failure to notify probation office of address change, failure to follow probation officer’s directions and committing a new federal, state or local crime. BARNEY was originally sentenced on May 9, 2012, to 27 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for the possession with intent to distribute heroin. BARNEY was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

JUSTIN AARON KESECKER, age 29, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment for leaving the judicial district without permission, testing positive for the use of controlled substances, being untruthful with probation officer and possession of heroin. KESECKER was originally sentenced on October 18, 2011, to 2 years probation for assaulting, resisting and impeding a United States Postal Clerk with the intent to rob the Clerk. On May 10, 2012, KESECKER’s probation was revoked for testing positive for the use of heroin and he was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release. KESECKER was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

JORDAN TYLER KESECKER, age 26, of Hedgesville, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment for possession of heroin. KESECKER was originally sentenced on October 18,
2011, to 2 years probation for assaulting, resisting and impeding a United States Postal Clerk with the intent to rob the Clerk. On May 10, 2012, KESECKER’s probation was revoked for testing positive for the use of heroin and he was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release. KESECKER was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

LOUIS GONZALEZ, age 31, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment to be followed by 24 months of supervised release for a new felony conviction for armed robbery. GONZALEZ was originally sentenced on February 17, 2005, to 31 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for making a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm. GONZALEZ was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

DAVID DWAYNE GESFORD, age 28, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment to be followed by 18 months of supervised release for use of controlled substances, failure to attend counsel, failure to file report with probation office and a stae conviction for delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance. GESFORD was originally sentenced on August 5, 2008, to 21 months imprisonment and 24 months of supervised release for being a drug user in possession of a firearm. GESFORD was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

RICHARD ANDREW ZOMBRO, age 45, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, was sentenced to 5 months imprisonment to be followed by 19 months of supervised release for leaving judicial district without permission of probation officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, use of controlled substances, associating with drug user, and failure to follow instructions of his probation officer. ZOMBRO was originally sentenced on July 6, 2011, to 10 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release for disposal of a stolen firearm. ZOMBRO was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The United States was represented at the Martinsburg revocation hearings by Assistant
United States 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