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A man who had lived in Oak Hill will be relocating to a federal prison after admitting that he was selling marijuana.

William Michael Holley, 42, pleaded guilty to a charge of "Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana for Renumeration."  Basically that translates to having the drugs and planning to sell them.  Holley had more than 34 pounds of pot in an outbuilding near his home in Oak Hill.  He entered the plea in federal court on Monday April 29.

Holley also had a 12-guage shotgun stored in the same building where the marijuana was stored.  According to a release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, the gun was located close the marijuana.  It was seized by law enforcement officers at the same time they took the marijuana.

Holley faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on August 2, 2013 by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. The West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation.