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July 27, 2004

Area residents enter guilty pleas


MARTINSBURG, W.Va.- Two Berkeley County residents entered guilty pleas Friday in U.S. District Court, U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston said in a news release.

Robert Debow Jr., 40, of 342 Regency Drive, Falling Waters, W.Va., entered a plea of guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with unlawfully transporting computer files, in interstate commerce by means of a computer, depicting a person younger than 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct, Johnston said in the release.

Debow, who is free on bond, faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Johnston said.

Wallace Johnson, 24, of 228 N. Raleigh St., entered guilty pleas to three counts of an indictment charging him with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine on July 20, 2000, and with two counts of distribution of cocaine on July 2 and July 4, 2001, Johnston said.

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Johnson, who is in custody, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years and a fine of $250,000 on each count, Johnston said.




W.Va. man sentenced on firearms charge


MARTINSBURG, W Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., man was sentenced recently to 62 months in prison in U.S. District Court, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston.

Garland Clem, whose age was not released, of 6273 Winchester Ave., was sentenced by United States District Judge W. Craig Broadwater on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Johnston said. He pleaded guilty on April 12, Johnston said.

Clem was charged in connection with an incident on Sept. 23, 2002, according to Johnston. Authorities charged Clem with the firearm possession after searching his home, then in Bunker Hill, W.Va.




Woman pleads guilty on two drug charges


MARTINSBURG, W Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., woman pleaded guilty recently to two charges against her in United States District Court, according to a news release from United States Attorney Thomas E. Johnston.

Jennifer Smith, 22, whose exact address was not released, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge W. Craig Broadwater to two counts of an indictment charging her with distribution of heroin, Johnston said.

Smith was charged in connection with incidents on Oct. 13, 2003, and Nov. 10, 2003, in Berkeley County, W.Va., Johnston alleged.

Smith faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to Johnston.

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