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Six people who violated the terms of their supervised release are headed to prison, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.

Appearing before U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley in Clarksburg were:

 

  • James Dean, 57, of Clarksburg, sentenced to 18 months in prison for unlawful possession and use of cocaine and excessive use of alcohol. Dean was originally sentenced in 2006 to 155 months in prison and four years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Three year later his sentenced was reduced to 125 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines, and it was reduced again in 2011 to 88 months.
  • Chasty Anderson, 24, of Clarksburg, sentenced to eight months in prison and 28 months of supervised release for commission of the new crime of driving while intoxicated and possession and use of hydrocodone and oxycodone. Anderson originally had been sentenced in 2011 to one year and one day in prison plus three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of a stolen firearm.
  • John William Pickens of Braxton County, sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawful possession and use of marijuana and commission of the new offense in state court of marijuana possession. Pickens originally was sentenced in 2007 to 55 months in prison plus three years of supervised release for felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Cara Carpenter, 24, of Barrackville, sentenced to eight months in prison plus 28 months of supervised release for failing to complete treatment and commission of the new offense of driving under the influence. Carpenter originally was sentenced in 2012 to four months in prison plus three years of supervised release for distribution of oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a protected location.
  • Julious Cesar Pettis, 38, of Morgantown, sentenced to six months in prison for unlawful possession and use of synthetic marijuana; failing to submit truthful monthly reports; failing to notify probation office of address change; failing to participate in counseling; and failing to report for drug screening. Pettis originally was sentenced in 2009 to 81 months in prison plus three years of supervised release for distribution of cocaine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a drug offense.
  • Appearing before U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh in Marintsburg was Michael Viands, 36, of Kearneysville, sentenced to eight months in prison and 30 months of supervised release for driving while his license was suspended, fleeing from police, associating with a known felon and excessive alcohol use. Viands originally was sentenced in 2001 to 238 months in prison plus five years of supervised release for distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. His sentence was reduced in 2011 to 154 months in prison pursuant to the crack resentencing guidelines.

 

All six were remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals pending designation to a federal prison, Ihlenfeld said.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul T. Camilletti, Shawn A. Morgan and Zelda E. Wesley represented the state at the revocation hearings, he said, while the U.S. Probation Office carries out probation and pretrial services functions, assisting the courts in the fair administration of justice, to protect the community, and to bring about long-term positive change in individuals under supervision.

Jeff Givens is the Chief Probation Officer for the Northern District.