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Seven enter guilty pleas in federal court in W.Va.

July 25, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A number of criminal defendants pleaded guilty before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel to a number of offenses in U.S. District Court between July 16-24, according to U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter.

o Robert Troiano, 53, of Romney, W.Va., pleaded guilty July 16 to one count of dealing firearms without a license for opening a pawn shop in Romney without getting a federal license.

Free on bond, Troiano is facing a maximum five-year sentence and a fine of $250,000.

o Kelly Dawn McCoy, 20, of Charles Town, W.Va., pleaded guilty July 16 to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Free on bond, McCoy is facing a maximum 20-year prison sentence and a fine of $1 million.

o Carlos Dean Murray, 33, of Charles Town, W.Va., pleaded guilty July 17 to distribution of crack cocaine.

Free on bond, Murray is facing a maximum 20-year prison sentence and a fine of $1 million.

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o Tyrone Rasheed Stroman, 25, of Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty July 21 to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Free on bond, Stroman faces a maximum of five to 40 years in prison and a fine of $2 million.

o Brandon Richard O'Malley, 20, of Stephens City, Va., pleaded guilty July 21 to the theft of six firearms from Blue Ridge Trading Post in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Free on bond, O'Malley is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

o Charles Collin Petty, 26, of Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty July 22 to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Currently in custody, Petty is facing a maximum of five to 40 years in prison and a fine of $2 million.

o Brittney Rae Pearson, 19, of Ranson, W.Va., pleaded guilty July 24 to distribution of crack cocaine.

Pearson, who is currently free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million.

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