CYCLING – US Attorney Bill Powell applauds the efforts of his staff and law enforcement partners in the northern district of West Virginia to have a highly productive year despite the pandemic.
In the Northern District, the number of criminal cases submitted for scrutiny rose by 27%, with charges being brought against 300 defendants. Of the 300, 42% were drug-related.
“Despite a pandemic, our office has completed several important investigations. Our US assistant attorneys, support staff, and law enforcement partners have surpassed and overcome the many barriers to a public health crisis. Our office tracks more than its share of crime, but we also have highly skilled civil attorneys and staff who protect government agencies in court and protect our tax dollars, ”said Powell.
More notable cases in 2020 included Reta Mays’ admission of guilt, who admitted to murdering seven veterans, and attacking an eighth victim at VA Medical Center in Clarksburg; the charges against four men who were involved in the murders of three people, one of whom was abducted and taken across state lines in the eastern panhandle; and Elizabeth Shirley’s guilty plea for admitting abducting her daughter and keeping top secret national defense documents.
There were also several large-scale drug distribution operations that were phased out thanks to the work of the district’s drug task forces.
“In addition to the more well-known cases, many violent crimes, gun crimes, child pornography, tax fraud, election fraud and healthcare fraud have been prosecuted over the past year. Numerous civil law enforcement actions and litigation in prison have also been successfully resolved. The citizens of the Northern District of West Virginia have always been a primary concern of our office, and we pride ourselves on our work on their behalf, ”said Powell.