Two Martinsburg residents sentenced in separate drug cases

October 22, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A federal judge last week sentenced two Martinsburg residents to prison in unrelated drug cases, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Gary Winston, 24, was sentenced Thursday to 60 months in prison, which will be followed by four years of supervised release, a news release from U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.

Winston pleaded guilty in May to one count of an indictment charging him with trading cocaine base and $100 in exchange for a Hi-Point .45-caliber pistol with obliterated serial number in March of 2010, the release said.

Winston was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Office pending designation to a federal Institution.

In the second case, Christina Kelley, 28, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release.

Kelley pleaded guilty in June to one count of an indictment charging her with distribution of "crack" cocaine within 1,000 feet of Martinsburg High School on Jan. 13, 2011.

Kelley, who is free on bond, is expected to report to a designated federal Institution in January 2012.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti prosecuted both cases, the release said.

Kelley's case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Martinsburg Police Department investigated Winston's case, the release said.

The task force consists of officers from the West Virginia State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Martinsburg police, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

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