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Eight sentenced on drug, gun charges

February 11, 2004

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Federal Judge Richard L. Williams sentenced eight people to prison or probationary terms Monday in United States District Court of the Northern District of West Virginia, according to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnson.

The following information was provided by that release:

  • Kermit Fernandez-Rivera, 27, of 83 Bellview Drive in Martinsburg, was sentenced to 87 months in prison to be followed by four years supervised release. Fernandez-Rivera, also known as "The Frog," pleaded guilty on Sept. 11, 2003, to one count of distribution of crack cocaine on Dec. 23, 2002.

  • Walter Delacruz, 21, of Hagerstown, was sentenced to 70 months in prison to be followed by three years supervised release. Delacruz pleaded guilty on Sept. 11, 2003, to one count of distribution of crack cocaine on Feb. 20 of that year.

  • Faith Hawkins, 22, of 345 Westside Ave., in Hagerstown, was sentenced to three years probation, including six months of home confinement. Hawkins pleaded guilty on Aug. 18, 2003, to a charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which occurred in the fall of 2001. A specific date was not released.

  • Reynaldo Sanchez, 30, of 305 S. Burhans Blvd., in Hagerstown, was sentenced to 18 months in prison to be followed by two years supervised release. Sanchez pleaded guilty on Oct. 29, 2003, to one count of interstate transportation of firearms from West Virginia to New York on June 9, 2002.

  • Shannon Wiley, 20, of 462 Sumans Ave. in Hagerstown, was sentenced to five months in prison to be followed by five months home confinement and two years supervised release. Wiley pleaded guilty on Sept. 15, 2003, to traveling from the Northern District of West Virginia to New York to trade firearms for cocaine on June 9, 2002.

  • Jose A. Aldana, 23, of Norcross, Ga., was sentenced to 135 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Aldana pleaded guilty on Sept. 11, 2003, to one count of distribution of methamphetamine in Gerrardstown, W.Va. The date of the offense was not released.

  • Javier Peralta-Velazquez, 23, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., was sentenced to 70 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Peralta-Velazquez pleaded guilty on Oct. 10, 2003, to one count of distribution of methamphetamine in Berkeley County, W.Va., on April 21 of that year.

  • Ogliber Peralta-Velazquez, 21, of Gerrardstown, was sentenced to 70 months in prison to be followed by three years supervised release. Peralta-Velazquez pleaded guilty on Sept. 18, 2003, to one count of distribution of methamphetamine on April 17, 2003, in Berkeley County, W.Va.
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