Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 12, 2013

7 more Pill Initiative defendants sentenced

by BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Seven more defendants, who were indicted in a 51-count federal indictment returned in May, were sentenced this week at U.S. District Court in Bluefield, court documents reveal. A federal grand jury returned the indictments based on the on-going regional law enforcement effort known as the Bluefield Pill Initiative.

The seven defendants who appeared at U.S. District Court in Bluefield on Monday and Tuesday included Carlos Renaldo Ivy, 34, of Princeton; Elizabeth Ann Stewart, 30, of Matheny; Tonya Lynn Goode, 35, also of Matheny; Eric Lee Flack, 34, of Bluefield; Randall Ray Parks, 51, of Welch; Lori Megan Falls, 29, of Princeton; and Eric M. Tiller, 41, also of Princeton.

Senior Status U.S. District Judge David A. Faber of the Southern District of West Virginia sentenced Ivy to 71 months in federal prison. Ivy was named in six of the 51 counts of the indictment, according to information contained in a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin for the Southern District of West Virginia.

The same press release provided information that Stewart was sentenced to six months in prison and that Goode was sentenced to two years in prison. The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miller Bushong. E. Ward Morgan represented Ivy in the case; Anthony N. Ciliberti Jr. represented Stewart; and John D. Wooton Jr. represented Goode. Ivy, Stewart and Goode all pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone.

Other defendants who were named in the same indictment returned May 30 by a federal grand jury meeting in Charleston and sentenced on Monday and Tuesday included: Falls, Parks, Flack and Tiller. All pleaded guilty to using a communications device in the commission of a drug crime. The court sentenced Falls to three years of probation; Parks to one month in prison; Flack to three years of probation; and Tiller to three years of probation.

Bushong represented the government in all four sentencing hearings. William S. Winfrey II represented Falls; John A. Carr represented Parks; Debra Kilgore represented Flack; and J. Steven Hunter represented Tiller.

In an unrelated case, Rachel Bryant, 24, of Winston Salem, N.C., pleaded guilty at U.S. District Court in Bluefield to distribution of hydromorphone. Bryant was named in a three-count federal indictment alleging that she distributed hydromorphone in Bluefield on May 6, and twice on May 7.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John L. File represented the government and Rhett H. Johnson represented Bryant. The court scheduled Bryant’s sentencing for 2:30 p.m. on April 14, 2014, in Bluefield.

The Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force served as the the lead investigation agency in all of the above cases. The task force is made up of law enforcement officers from the West Virginia State Police, the sheriff’s departments of Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming counties, and the police departments of Princeton and Bluefield.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com