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Eight people sentenced in federal court

October 06, 2005

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Eight people were sentenced Sept. 23 by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston.

  • Edgardo A. Aguilar, 40, of Woodbridge, Va., was sentenced to five months in prison with credit for time served. Aguilar pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to one count of uttering a counterfeit $100 bill to an employee of Charles Town Races & Slots with the intent to defraud Feb. 12. Aguilar will be deported to El Salvador.

  • Jose Gualdalupe Echartea, 46, of 411 N. Preston St., Ranson, W.Va., was sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Echartea entered guilty pleas June 22 to one count of distribution of cocaine powder June 14, 2004, in Martinsburg and one count of illegal re-entry after deportation for aggravated felonies. Echartea is in federal custody.

  • Mike W. Flanagan Jr., 30, of 322 Welch St., Keyser, W.Va., was sentenced to eight years in prison to be followed by three years supervised release. Flanagan entered a guilty plea July 6 to one count of distribution of crack cocaine Nov. 11, 2002, in Keyser. Flanagan is in federal custody.

  • Robert Hernandez, 24, of Hagerstown, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Hernandez entered a guilty plea July 20 to one count of distribution of cocaine base July 28, 2004, in Keyser. Hernandez is in federal custody.

  • Bonnie Mills Kesner, 44, of Rawlings, Md., was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Kesner entered a guilty plea July 5 to one count of distributing crack cocaine Sept. 20, 2004, in Keyser. Kesner is in federal custody.

  • Jackie Thomas, 28, of Cumberland, Md., was sentenced to three months in prison to be followed by three months of home detention and three years of supervised release. Thomas entered a guilty plea July 7 to one count of distribution of crack cocaine Dec. 3 in Keyser. Thomas is free on bond.

  • Dennis Van Pelt, 30, of Keyser, was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Van Pelt entered a guilty plea July 7 to one count of distribution of crack cocaine Sept. 30, 2004, in Keyser. Van Pelt is in federal custody.

  • Damion Wilson, originally David Harley, 25, of Cumberland, was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Wilson entered a guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine April 25, 2003, in Keyser. Wilson is in federal custody.
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