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Criminal defendants sentenced in U.S. District Court in W.Va.

April 17, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A number of criminal defendants were sentenced in U.S. District Court between March 31 and April 2, according to U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter.

· Mark Day, 45, of Martinsburg, W.Va., 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for maintaining a drug-involved house in Martinsburg.

· Tonie Sherrial Burks, 47, of Martinsburg, W.Va., three years and five months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for one count of distribution of crack cocaine.

· Eziquio Sierra Hernandez, 27, aka David Estrada and also aka David Estrada Ramirez, a citizen of Mexico, 12 years and seven months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for one count each of distribution of methamphetamine and illegal re-entry into the United States of a person convicted of an aggravated felony.

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· Leopoldo Penaloza Hernandez, 45, of Dallas, Tex., three years and 10 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for distribution of methamphetamine.

· Tomas Emanuel Valencia, 40, of Inwood, W.Va., five years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for distribution of crack cocaine.

· Tavares Jamal Lee Cook, 30, of Martinsburg, W.Va., four years and nine months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for one count each of possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

All of the above are in federal custody, Potter said.

A number of criminal defendants pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on March 31 and April 8, according to U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter.

· Joshua Jay Berkey, 27, of Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to one count each of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and being a felon in possession of firearms which were transported in interstate commerce. He is facing a maximum penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2 million on the drug charge; and a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the firearms charge.

Berkey is in custody awaiting sentencing.

· Lindsay Wilhelm, 21, of Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and is facing a maximum penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2 million.

Wilhelm is free on bond pending sentencing.

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