BLUEFIELD — Two McDowell County men and their mother were among the people who were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for their roles in an illicit drug ring.

Twins Terry and Jerry Headen, both 32, of Havaco were sentenced in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge David A. Faber of the Southern District of West Virginia. Both men pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone from 2005 until June 24, 2007.

“I’m sorry,” Jerry Headen said before sentencing. “I want to apologize to my family.”

Faber then sentenced Jerry Headen to a term of 180 months (15 years) in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. No fine was imposed due to Headen’s financial condition and the fact that he no longer possessed the money or property acquired while dealing drugs.

Jerry Headen was sentenced to a term of 20 years imprisonment.

Following the sentencing of her sons, Eulalia Headen, 63, of Havaco was brought before Faber for her own sentencing hearing. She pleaded guilty in July to a federal information charging her with using her telephone “causing and facilitating the commission of an act constituting a felony.”

During the hearing, attorneys for both the prosecution and defense agreed that Eulalia Headen did not realize the full extent of her sons’ drug operation. It was also pointed out that four of the eight children she had raised are still with her, that she cares for her husband and that she has diabetes, a pace maker, and other ailments of her own.

“If there is a word bigger than saying I’m sorry, that is the word I want to say,” Eulalia Headen said. “I ask you to have mercy for I am truly sorry.”

Following a five minute recess, Faber sentenced Eulalia Headen to 15 months imprisonment and a year of supervised releases. She had faced 24 to 30 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Since she did not have any financial means, no fine was imposed, Faber said.

Eulalia Headen remains free on bond, but she must report to the U.S. Marshal’s Service by Sept. 24.

Another person in the case, Brooke Brown, 27, of Bluefield was sentenced to 51 months in prison. She pleaded guilty in July to a federal information charging her with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.



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