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Three Sentenced In Federal Court

By Staff | Nov 19, 2014

Several Wetzel County residents have been sentenced in United States Federal Court recently.

In a Nov. 14 press release from the United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, it was announced that Amber J. Cross, 26, of New Martinsville, was sentenced to 57 months in prison. Cross pleaded guilty in July 2014 to one count of “conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute Oxycodone.”

The matter was heard before Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob McWilliams prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

On his Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney’s Facebook page, Prosecutor Timothy Haught stated that Cross is believed to have been a source of many of the pills trafficked in the New Martinsville Villas, which resulted in 29 Wetzel County indictments in September 2012.

Haught further stated that all of the cases were investigated by the West Virginia State Police and Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Haught noted that his office worked with the BCI along with the United States Attorney’s Office in coordinating the investigation and prosecution of the Cross cause. He also thanked Assistant United States Attorney Rob McWilliams for his work on the Cross case, as well as the BCI agent responsible “for it and all the convictions in the ‘Villa’s’ cases.”

“Together we continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute drug crime in Wetzel County and the Upper Ohio Valley,” Haught noted.

In another matter, a Nov. 13 press release announced that Nelda K. White, 55, of Hundred, was sentenced to twelve months and one day in prison for distributing marijuana. This announcement was made by US Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II.

White pleaded guilty in June 2014 to one count of “conspiracy to distribute marijuana” after a “West Virginia State Police investigation revealed that White was receiving shipments of marijuana from a source in California and reselling the marijuana in the Hundred area.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government, and Chief U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Prosecutor Haught also remarked on this case, stating that it was investigated by the Hundred Detachment of the West Virginia State Police with the assistant of the West Virginia State Police BCI.

“White was receiving quantities of marijuana by parcels shipped from out of state,” Haught noted, adding, “because of the quantity of marijuana, the fact that it was shipped across state lines, resulting in an investigation in multiple jurisdictions and the large amount of cash seized, this case was prosecuted in federal court. Haught thanked the Hundred State Police detachment, the BCI, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District “for hard work.”

“This is another excellent example of agencies working together to stop trafficking of illegal drugs,” Haught noted.

Furthermore, on Nov. 13, US Attorney Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Jonathan Harman, 26, of New Martinsville, was sentenced for possession of child pornography.

The release stated that an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed that Harman “utilized the internet and peer-to-peer file sharing networks to access and download images and videos containing child pornography.”

Harman pleaded guilty in July 2014 to a criminal Information charging him with one count of “possession of child pornography,” including at least one image involving a prepubescent minor and a minor who had not attained 12 years of age. He was sentenced to five years of probation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

Chief U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.