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Three plead guilty, two sentenced in drug-related cases

April 22, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.

Three people entered guilty pleas on drug-related charges and two others were sentenced earlier this week in U.S. District Court, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Shirley Marie Chapman, 50, of 52 Capital Drive, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Craig W. Broadwater to one count of distributing cocaine base, according to the release.

Chapman, who is out on bail, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced July 10, according to the release.

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James Edward Brown, 51, of 52 Capital Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Broadwater to a charge of maintaining a crack house from the summer of 2004 to January 2006, according to the release.

Brown could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and fined up to $250,000, according to the release.

Bernard L. Holiday, 33, of 720 Aztec Way, pleaded guilty Monday before Broadwater to one count of distribution of crack cocaine for an incident that occurred March 14, 2005, according to the release.

Free pending his July 10 sentencing, Holiday also faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, according to the release.

Bobby Joe Pence, 25, of 751 Mount Olive Drive, was sentenced by Broadwater to 19 months in federal prison and three years probation for distribution of crack cocaine, according to the release.

Pence had pleaded guilty in January to distributing cocaine in Martinsburg on Sept. 30, 2004, according to the release.

Danny Lee Pence, 21, of 751 Mount Olive Drive, was sentenced by Broadwater to 38 months in prison, three years probation and a $1,100 fine for distribution of crack cocaine, according to the release.

Pence had pleaded guilty in January to distributing cocaine on Oct. 6, 2004, in Martinsburg, according to the release.

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