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W.Va. residents enter guilty pleas in federal court

November 16, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 25-year-old Martinsburg resident entered guilty pleas on Nov. 9, in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

D'Angelo Antoine Alston entered pleas of guilty to two counts of an indictment charging him with the following, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II:

• One count of possession of a firearm on May 4, 2011, in Berkeley County, after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

• One count of possession with intent to distribute 123.6 grams of crack cocaine on May 10, 2011, during a traffic stop by the Martinsburg Police Department.

Alston, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of $250,000 on the firearms charge, and five to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $2 million on the drug charge.

In an unrelated case, Anne Marie Alston, 30, also of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty on Nov. 7, 2011, in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

Ihlenfeld said Anne Marie Alston entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging her with the distribution of crack cocaine on April 21, 2011, in Berkeley County. Anne Marie Alston, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and was investigated by the Martinsburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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