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Ten individuals, all but one from West Virginia, were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Elkins on methamphetamine-related drug charges, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II reports.

Sentenced by Chief Judge John P. Bailey were:

 

  • Kevin Lee Gregory, 43, of Cleveland, which is in Webster County, to 13 years plus one month in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm. He also must forfeit $1,440 in cash, three cell phones, surveillance equipment and a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun. The case was investigated by West Virginia State Police, U.S. Marshals and the Webster County sheriff's department.
  • Elkins residents Michael Wayne Johnson, 32, Nicole Rosella Spor, 37, and Eilene Michael DeShayes, 28, for possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamines. Johnson will serve 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release; Spor, six years and six months in prison plus three years of supervised release, and DeShayes, three years plus five months in prison and three years of supervised release. Their case was investigated by the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations, U.S. Forest Service, the Randolph County and Tucker County sheriff's departments and the DEA.
  • Eric Scott Pennington, 30, of Parsons, Michael Luther White, 22, of Thomas and Misty Autumn Grafton, 26, of Hambleton, were sentenced for possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamines. Pennington will serve eight years and one month in prison plus three years of supervised release; White to 30 months in prison plus three years of supervised release; and Grafton, to five years' probation. Their case was investigated by Tucker County sheriff's deputies, the U.S. Forest Service and West Virginia State Police.
  • Ronnie Gerald Belt, 52, of Camden on Gauley was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison plus three years of supervised release for possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamines. His case was investigated by West Virginia State Police.
  • Timothy Allen Hawks, 20, of Moorefield, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison plus three years of supervised release for possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamines. His case was investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI); the Grant County and Hardy County sheriff's departments and Moorefield police.
  • Matthew Paul Sellers, 25, of Annapolis, Md., was sentenced to three years and five months in prison plus three years of supervised release for possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamines. His case was investigated by the Lewis County sheriff's department and West Virginia State Police.

 

Gregory, Johnson, Spor, Pennington, Belt and Hawks were remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals pending assignment to a federal prison. DeShayes, White and Sellers, who are free on bond, will self-report. Their cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner.

In other cases:

 

  • Donna Sturm, 32, of Belington, was sentenced to two years in prison plus three years of supervised release for distribution of marijuana and felon in possession of a firearm. Sturm, who is free on bond, will self-report to prison. Her case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and West Virginia State Police.
  • Kenneth Ray Anderson, 40, of Cleveland, in Webster County, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison plus three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm with a shortened barrel. Anderson, free on bond, also will self-report.
  • Benjamin McWilliams, 39, of Beverly, was sentenced to 18 months in prison plus three years of supervised release for embezzling money from his employees' pension benefit fund while he was owner and operator of McWilliams Masonry. McWilliams also must make $149,101 in restitution to the employee pension plan as well as forfeit $90,000. His case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and investigated by the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia Insurance Commission Office of Inspector General.

 

And in a hearing before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull, Barbara Ann Spiva, 47, of Elkins, pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug-involved residence for the purpose of manufacturing, storing, distributing and using methamphetamine in 2012. Spiva, in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. Her case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner and investigated by the Randolph County sheriff's department and West Virginia State Police.