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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Ten Individuals Sentenced 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 June ten (10) 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.)

James Timothy Snyder, III, age 31, of Steubenville, Ohio, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for a new felony conviction of reckless fleeing in a vehicle, failure to submit monthly supervision reports, failure to notify probation office with change of address and failure to report an arrest to the probation office within 72 hours. Snyder was originally sentenced on May 12, 2007, to 54 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected location. In August of 2008, Snyder’s sentence was reduced to 44 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines. Snyder was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Shawn Henderson, age 46, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the possession and use of cocaine; traveling out of the district without the permission of the probation officer; and, associating with known felons. Henderson was originally sentenced on March 1, 2010, to 43 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a protected location. Henderson was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Emanuel Banks, age 40, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced to 14 months in prison, to run consecutively to the 140-month sentence he received in April of 2014 for the May of 2013 distribution of cocaine base. Banks was originally sentenced on March 18, 1994, to 57 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base. In March of 2008, Banks was reduced to 47 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines. Banks was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Ian Welshans, age 32, of Wheeling, was sentenced to 30 days in prison and 18 months of supervised release for excessive use of alcohol; failure to report for drug testing; and, failure to register as a sex offender. Welshans was originally sentenced on March 5, 2012, to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release for attempting to transfer obscenity to a minor. Welshans self-reported to the Northern Regional Jail on June 30, 2014.

ELKINS DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Chief Judge John Preston Bailey)

Matthew Shane Burns of Norton, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison for possession and use of a controlled substance, associating with persons engaged in criminal activity, excessive use of alcohol and commission of another crime. Burns was originally sentenced on May 10, 2005, to 77 months in prison and three years of supervised release for felon in possession of a firearm. Burns was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution and will receive credit for time served since May 7, 2014.

Stephen Blake Landis, Jr. of Randolph County, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison for use of a controlled substance and alcohol. Landis was originally sentenced on May 9, 2011, to 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of methamphetamine. Burns was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

CLARKSBURG DIVISION REVOCATIONS (Judge Irene M. Keeley)

Kevin Wayne Bennett, age 41, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 12 month in prison and 24 months of supervised release for unlawful possession and use of controlled substances and alcohol and a location monitoring violation. Bennett was originally sentenced on June 4, 2009, to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for maintaining a drug-involved premise. In October of 2011, Bennett’s sentence was reduced to 57 months in prison due to the crack resentencing guidelines. Bennett, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

Naquan Warren, age 24, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced to six months in prison and 24 months of supervised release for unlawful possession and use of a controlled substance and associating with a known felon. Warren was originally sentenced on November 2, 2012, to 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release for aiding and abetting in the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a protected location. Warren was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution and will receive credit for time served since May 7, 2014.

Charles Clint Gaines, Jr., age 26, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 30 months of supervised release for failure to report to probation officer; failure to truthfully answer all inquiries of probation officer; failure to participate in substance abuse testing, counseling and treatment; and, associating with persons engaged in criminal activity. Gaines was originally sentenced on February 10, 2010, to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release for the distribution of cocaine base. In October of 2011, Gaines sentence was reduced to 57 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines. Gaines was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

Joel Levine, age 48, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 2 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession and consumption of alcohol; unlawful use of marijuana and failure to participate in drug and alcohol treatment as directed by the probation officer. Levine was originally sentenced on November 22, 2010, to 5 years probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Levine, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.

The United States was represented at the revocation hearings by U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld and Assistant U.S. Attorneys John C. Parr, Randolph J. Bernard, Shawn A. Morgan, Zelda E. Wesley and Andrew R. Cogar.

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