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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

U.S. Attorney continues to bring additional law enforcement resources to eastern panhandle

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – As part of an ongoing initiative to enhance law enforcement effectiveness and promote safety in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has welcomed two new federal prosecutors, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Shawn M. Adkins has been appointed to the position of Assistant United States Attorney, and Stephanie S. Taylor has been appointed to the position of Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.

“Shawn and Stephanie will be valuable parts of our coordinated response to drug trafficking and violent crime in the Eastern Panhandle,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “We remain committed to prosecuting criminals that travel across state lines to commit crimes in West Virginia, particularly those who are bringing heroin into the state.  In the coming months, I hope to announce the addition of more resources to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

Adkins previously served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Harrison County, West Virginia. Adkins graduated from Marshall University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and earned his law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2011.

Taylor is a seasoned litigator, having served in the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since 2006. She also worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Morgan County, West Virginia from 2003 through 2006.  Taylor previously served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Grey Silver, III in the 23rd Judicial Circuit of West Virginia. She graduated from Marshall University in 1997, and earned her law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2001.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh issued the formal oath of office to Adkins and Taylor in a ceremony held this morning.

Updated January 8, 2016