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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

West Virginia Man Sentenced To 15 Years On Firearms Charge


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Lost Creek, West Virginia man, with three prior felony convictions has been sentenced to Federal prison for possessing a gun.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Anthony Scott MOATS, age 40, of Lost Creek, was sentenced to 15 years in prison as a result of his conviction for “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” MOATS, who has prior felony convictions for burglary, drug distribution, and bank theft, possessed a firearm in September of 2013 in Monongalia County. MOATS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service.

In other matters, Troy EVANS, age 38, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release for “Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine” in Monongalia County, West Virginia. EVANS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

Steven JIMERSON, age 26, of East Point, Michigan, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone” in Monongalia County. JIMERSON was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

The EVANS and JIMERSON cases were investigated by the Mon Valley Drug Task Force.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley.

Charles ADKINS, age 54, of Fairmont, West Virginia, entered pleas of guilty to one count of “Failure to Update Sex Offender Registration” and one count of “Obstruction of Justice.” ADKINS was sentenced to 51 months in prison and five years of supervised release. ADKINS’ co-defendant Loretta MEREDITH, age 58, of Jamestown, New York, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison and one year of supervised release for “Conspiracy to Attempt to Obstruct Justice.” ADKINS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal and MEREDITH is free on bond and will self-report to prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the West Virginia State Police.

Duane Philip MCATEE, age 44, of Salem, West Virginia, was sentenced to 35 months in prison and one year of supervised release for “Obstruction of Tax Administration.” MCATEE was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Lisa Nicole SMITH, age 25, of Fairmont, was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home detention for “Possession of Pseudoephedrine to be used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine.” SMITH, who is free on bond, will self-report to prison. This case was prosecuted by former Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Flower and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the Three Rivers Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Gary Allen STEWART, age 31, of Sutton, West Virginia, was sentenced to 4 months in prison and one year of supervised release for “Obstruction of Correspondence.” STEWART, who is free on bond, will self-report to prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri and investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated January 7, 2015