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W.Va. court briefs

August 15, 2007

Local man pleads guilty in burglary



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Williamsport man entered a guilty plea Monday in connection with his part in the burglary of the U.S. Post Office in Shanks, W.Va., according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter's office.

Joseph Scott Fowler, 24, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of aiding and abetting in the Jan. 6 burglary, according to the release.

Fowler could face five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, according to the release

Fowler is free on bond pending sentencing in the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti with assistance from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Hampshire County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Department.




W.Va. woman pleads in drug case



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman entered a guilty plea Aug. 8 in a drug-related case, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter's office.

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Billie Joe Lowe-Harper, 29, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of crack cocaine in a case that occurred in Martinsburg in March 2006, according to the release.

Lowe-Harper could face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, according to the release.

Lowe-Harper is free on bond pending sentencing in the case, which was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti with assistance from the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force.

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