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Detroit man sentenced for selling fentanyl

sentenced to federal prison today for selling fentanyl in Huntington, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart last week.   Marshal Franchuit Thomas Jr., 25, was sentenced to 43 months in prison for distribution of fentanyl.    Thomas was also ordered to serve three years on supervised release after his release from prison.

“We’re sending another Detroit poison peddler to federal prison.   Thomas was responsible for distributing up to 400 grams of heroin and fentanyl in Huntington between 2015 and 2018,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.   “Many lives have been lost as a result of fentanyl dealers like Thomas.   We’ve pushed back – we’re fighting for our communities and our…

Pot, post, prison

HUNTINGTON – Two Huntington men who participated in a scheme to mail marijuana from California to Huntington over a period of several years were sentenced recently, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart on Monday, November 18, 2019.    James Waylon Molinaro ,44, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison after previously entering a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute marijuana.   Molinaro also previously pled guilty to prohibited possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from an unrelated investigation.   Chris Crookshanks, 43, was sentenced to three years of supervised release during which he must serve 12 weeks of intermittent confinement in jail.  …

Parolee sentenced for firearm possession

HUNTINGTON - A Huntington  man was sentenced to federal prison for a gun crime, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart on Monday, November 25, 2019.   Zachary Whitmore, 28, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Whitmore previously admitted that on November 1, 2018, a Trooper with the West Virginia State Police assisted the West Virginia Division of Corrections Probation and Parole with locating a parolee.   Whitmore was found walking on a street in Huntington.   Officers found a 22 Magnum American Arms Revolver in his pocket.   Whitmore was prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law…

Court urged on traveling gun owners

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined an 18-state coalition in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review, and ultimately overturn, a lower court ruling that would prohibit gun owners from carrying a firearm when crossing state lines.

The court ruling, if left intact, would deprive residents of West Virginia and most other states of their right to carry a firearm in Illinois.

“Constitutional rights have no geographic boundary within the United States,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Many Americans cherish their Second Amendment rights. That is why we urge the Supreme Court to hear this case and defend this essential personal freedom for lawful gun owners…