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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Abingdon Woman Sentenced for Failing to Report for Prison Sentence

Gina Lopez-Orfield to Serve Additional 14 Months in Prison

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – An Abingdon woman, who was previously convicted on methamphetamine distribution charges, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon after she failed to report prison as directed by the United States Bureau of Prison, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Gina Renee Lopez-Orfield, 49, of Abingdon, Virginia, who previously pled guilty to one count of failure to surrender for service of sentence, was sentenced yesterday in District Court to 14 months in federal prison to run consecutive to her previously ordered 78-month period of incarceration.  

“Our system of justice runs on the foundation that individuals will follow the instructions given to them by the court,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “When individuals fail to listen to the instructions of the court, they will be held accountable and face additional punishment.”

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Special Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Jayne, Lopez-Orfield was convicted in November 2015 of distributing methamphetamine and released on bond. On February 9, 2016 she was sentenced to a term of 78-months’ imprisonment. On February 11, 2016, the defendant was informed by the Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Marshals Service that she was to begin serving her sentence on March 29, 2016 at noon at Alderson in West Virginia. Lopez-Orfield failed to report to Alderson as ordered by the Court.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Johnson County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Special Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Jayne prosecuted the case the case for the United States.

Updated June 1, 2016