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Area men enter guilty pleas in federal court

February 07, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg residents entered guilty pleas to drug charges in January in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

  • Bobby Joe Pence, 24, of 751 Mount Olive Drive in Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 to one count of an indictment charging him with distribution of crack cocaine Sept. 30, 2004, in Martinsburg, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston, said in a written release Monday.

  • Danny Lee Pence, 24, of 751 Mount Olive Drive in Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Jan. 20 to one count of an indictment charging him with distributing crack cocaine Oct. 6, 2004, in Martinsburg, Johnston said.



Both were in custody Monday, pending sentencing. Each faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 17, he said.

Three people also entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia before Judge W. Craig Broadwater in January.

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  • William M. Jones, 34, of Frederick, Md., pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to one count of an indictment charging him with having a West Virginia resident purchase handguns for him May 15, 2004, Johnston said.

    Jones, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

  • Sylvester Romans III, 26, of 245 Roberts Drive in Martinsburg, pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to one count of an indictment charging him with lying in a firearm acquisition, Johnston said.

    Romans, who is free on fail pending sentencing, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

  • Dalevon Smith, 28, formerly of Martinsburg and now living in Atlanta, pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to one count of an indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute marijuana June 15, 2004, in Martinsburg, Johnston said.


Smith, who is free on fail pending sentencing, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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