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June 15, 2007

Man sentenced on gun charge



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who admitted he failed to report being a felon when he took possession of guns is expected to turn himself in to serve a four-month sentence at a federal prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Michael Deeds, 36, pleaded guilty March 9 to one count of misprision of felony by accepting nine guns, including a short-barreled shotgun, from an individual he knew to be a marijuana dealer, according to the release. He was sentenced Monday to four months in prison, according to the release.




Md. man sentenced on crack charge



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Gaithersburg, Md., man who pleaded guilty to dealing crack cocaine was sentenced to five years imprisonment Monday, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Torray "Ray-Ray" James Jr., 42, pleaded guilty April 30 to one count of an indictment charging him with the distribution of 6.8 grams of crack cocaine Jan. 4 in Charles Town, W.Va., according to the release. As part of the plea, James admitted to the distribution of 16.2 grams of crack cocaine and the possession of two firearms, according to the release.

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James, who was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, will serve four years of supervised release after his sentence, according to the release.




Va. man gets 10 years in Internet case



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who admitted trying to entice a child over the Internet was sentenced to spend 10 years in prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Ronald L. Phillips, 51, of Richmond, Va., gave up $1,440 and his computer and accessories as part of his plea March 9, when he admitted attempting to entice a minor from June 27, 2006, to July 30, 2006, according to the release.

Phillips also was sentenced to serve five years of supervised release after his prison sentence ends, according to the release.

Phillips was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Services, according to the release.

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