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Couple sentenced to prison terms in W.Va. heroin death

March 21, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.VA.

A man and a woman from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to prison time in a heroin-related death of a Maryland man at the Towne House Motor Lodge in Charles Town, W.Va., last September, said U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston.

Richard Allen Ashbaugh was sentenced to 20 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Craig Broadwater, who also ordered that Ashbaugh have four years of supervised release, Johnston said.

Ashbaugh was ordered to pay a $1,100 fine, Johnston said.

Another defendant, Claire Dunleavy, of 600 Cliff St., Harpers Ferry, was sentenced by Broadwater to five years in prison and two years of supervised release, Johnston said.

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Dunleavy pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to one count of an indictment charging her with aiding and abetting in the interstate travel from Charles Town to Baltimore and back with the intent to carry on a business enterprise involving heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Ashbaugh's sentence followed an earlier plea of guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with distribution of heroin resulting in death, Johnston said.

Ashbaugh was facing 20 years to life in prison and a fine up to $1 million, U.S. Magistrate David Joel said.

Jonathan Parks, 26, of Brunswick, Md., was found Sept. 1 facedown between two beds in a room at the Towne House Motor Lodge on East Washington Street.

According to witnesses' statements, Parks and his girlfriend asked Ashbaugh to obtain heroin for them. After receiving $60, Ashbaugh went to Baltimore and bought heroin from an unknown source, records state.

He returned to the motel room with four $15 capsules of heroin, records state.

Half of a capsule of heroin was injected into Parks' arm, and another half was injected after Parks said the first shot produced no effect, police said.

Parks then "nodded off" and rested facedown between the beds, said Steve Harris, an investigator for the Charles Town Police Department.

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