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W.Va. mother and son plead guilty to heroin charges

Roger Lee Stephens Jr., and Shelba Jean Wolfe sentenced to prison

September 21, 2010|By DON AINES

A West Virginia mother and son who were charged in separate incidents with selling heroin to the same informant on the same day at the same location received the same state prison sentence Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Roger Lee Stephens Jr., 25, and his mother, Shelba Jean Wolfe, 45, both of 9537 Williamsport Pike in Falling Waters, W.Va., both entered guilty pleas to charges of distribution of heroin before Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr.

Charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia against Stephens and Wolfe and an additional charge of possession of a concealed dangerous weapon against Stephens were dismissed, according to court records.

"I couldn't help thinking about the old TV show 'All in the Family,'" Long said as he sentenced Stephens to eight years in prison with four years suspended. Long handed down the same sentence to Wolfe a short time later.

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On May 17, Stephens sold $75 worth of heroin to an informant he had arranged to meet at the parking lot of Sheetz in Williamsport, according to the statement of probable cause filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The same day, Wolfe sold the informant $95 worth of heroin at Sheetz, the statement said.

Both the mother and son were taken into custody immediately after the drug transactions took place, the statement of probable cause said.

"His whole family has been wrecked by his drug abuse and his mother's drug abuse," said Stephens' attorney, Amy Rounceville.

"I was trying to help a family friend," said Stephens, referring to the informant.

A sobbing Wolfe told Long that she was not a drug user or a drug dealer and that she had been holding the heroin for the informant.

Long said he could not understand why an informant would give Wolfe the drugs and then have to pay to get them back.

"You were certainly a drug dealer on May 17, 2010," Long said.

Stephens and Wolfe will spend three years on probation once they are released from prison, Long ordered.

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