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U.S. District Court sentencings, indictments

May 24, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A number of indictments, pleas and sentencings were conducted in recent days at U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Sharon Potter.

· Mark Allen Rollyson, 47, of Charles Town, W.Va., was sentenced May 21 to five years and 11 months for aiding and abetting in the distribution of cocaine, followed by three years of supervised release, Potter said.

Rollyson was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

· Nasstashia Sasha Powell, 19, of Martinsburg, was sentenced May 21 to five years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for distribution of cocaine, Potter said.

Powell, aka "NAS," is in federal custody.

· Adrian G. Van Leen, 84, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was sentenced May 20 to three years and 10 months in prison for possession of obscene material that had been downloaded from a computer/computing service, Potter said.

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After Van Leen completes his sentence, he will be on three years of supervised release. He currently is free on bond and will report to a designated federal institution.

· Rodney Tyreal Wheeler, 28, of Hagerstown, was sentenced May 21 to life imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, two counts of distribution of "crack" cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Potter said.

Wheeler, aka "Psycho" and "Black," is in federal custody.

· Gary Lee Lewis, 27, of Miami, was sentenced May 20 to 2 1/2 years in prison to be followed by three years supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine, Potter said.

Lewis is in federal custody.

· Terrell Deshawn Gatling, 28, of Martinsburg, was sentenced May 21to five years in prison to be followed by four years supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, Potter said.

Gatling is in federal custody.

· Rodney Lewis, 44, of Hagerstown, was sentenced May 19 to one year and three months in prison for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release, Potter said.

Lewis currently is free on bond and will report to a designated federal institution.

· Gary Donzell Guest, 22, of Martinsburg, was sentenced May 19 to two years and three months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for stealing 26 firearms in 2007 from B&J Pawn, a federally licensed firearms dealer in Hedgesville, W.Va., Potter said.

Guest was ordered to pay $7,844.62 to B&J Pawn. He currently is free on bond and will report to a designated federal institution.

· Dawn Amber Laidler, 21, of Winchester, Va., was sentenced May 19 to three years probation for possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, Potter said.

· Charlie B. Taylor, 73, of Martinsburg, was sentenced May 20 to two years and nine months in prison for assaulting another patient at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2007, Potter said.

Taylor will be on two years of supervised release after his sentence. He is in federal custody.

· William Michael Hogan, 31, of Cumberland, Md., entered a plea of guilty on May 22 to selling firearms without a license at LB's Pawn & Guns in Romney, W.Va., Potter said.

Hogan, who currently is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of$250,000.

· Zuri Milan Howard, 26, of Aberdeen, Md., was named in a three-count indictment May 20, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and that Howard used a person under the age of 18 in drug operations, Potter said.

If convicted, Howard faces a maximum exposure of five to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2 million each on the first two counts, and a maximum exposure of one to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2 million on the third count.

· John Robert Cleminson, 31, of Martinsburg, was named in an indictment returned May 20 by a federal grand jury, Potter said.

Cleminson allegedly used an unauthorized credit card in Berkeley County to obtain goods and services totaling more than $1,000, affecting interstate commerce.

If convicted, Cleminson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

· Jimmy Lee Pittsnogle, 24, of Hagerstown, was named in an indictment returned May 20 by a federal grand jury alleging that he knowingly possessed a computer and other material containing images of child pornography that had been shipped in interstate commerce, Potter said.

If convicted, Pittsnogle faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

· Travis Jackson Latta, 20, and Matthew Quinn Mason, 20, were named in a three-count indictment returned May 20 by a federal grand jury, Potter said.

Both are facing prosecution in connection with an attempt to kill a person and discharging a firearm with the intent of retaliating against that person, who testified in a 2007 trial.

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