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Woman pleads guilty to retaliation

January 16, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 32-year-old Martinsburg woman entered a guilty plea to one count of retaliation against a federal witness in a drug case in U.S. district court in Martinsburg, U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter's office announced.

Christine Marie Painter entered the plea Thursday after authorities alleged she made a harmful and threatening telephone call to an individual with the intent to retaliate against that individual for providing information to law enforcement regarding drug activity in the Martinsburg area, according to Potter's office.

Painter could receive up to 10 years in prison and be fined as much as $250,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. attorney Thomas O. Mucklow and investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of officers from the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Martinsburg Police Department and Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

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