Six Plead to Charges in U.S. District Court
– Jamie Villono of Sistersville in recent proceedings, admitted to illegally possessing firearms in U.S. District Court in Wheeling. Villono, 36, pled guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. He, having previously been convicted of breaking and entering in Tyler County Circuit Court, admitting to having in his possession a 30-30 caliber rifle, a.22 caliber rifle, a.22-250 caliber rifle, and a .223 caliber rifle. The crime occurred in October 2016 in Tyler County.
– Dennis Lee Artis, 52, of Youngstown, pled guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected locaton. Artis admitted to selling cocaine near Allison Elementary School in Hancock County on April 5, 2017.
– Shanwdale Saunders, 34, of Martins Ferry, was sentenced recently to 168 months incarceration for cocaine trafficking. Saunders, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base in June 2017. Throughout April and May 2016, Saunders admitted to conspiring with other individuals to transport cocaine across state lines from Ohio into West Virginia in order to possess and sell the drug in Ohio County.
– Jeff R. Andlinger, 36, of Benwood, was sentenced to 24 months incarceration for heroin trafficking. Andlinger participated in a drug distribution network in which heroin was transported across state lines from Pittsburgh to locations in West Virginia and Ohio for redistribution and sale.
Andlinger sold heroin in January 2015 near a public elementary school in Marshall County.
He pled guilty to one count of distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a protected location in 2015.
– Erin Marie Rudolph, of Dennison, Ohio, was sentenced to 34 months incarceration for an illegal firearm charge. Rudolph, 24, pled guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in August 2017. Rudolph, having previously being convicted of a felony in Ohio County Circuit Court, was in possession of .22 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number. The crime occurred May 1 in Ohio County.
– Faith Diane Leasure, 22, pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine. Leasure admitted to selling crack cocaine in Ohio County in August 2016.