The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 12, 2013

Lead defendant in pill case gets 5-year prison sentence


BLUEFIELD — The lead defendant in a Bluefield pill distribution conspiracy was sentenced Tuesday to five years and 11 months in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to a federal drug charge.

Carlos R. Ivy, 34, of Bluefield, pleaded guilty in August to distribution of oxycodone. On Feb. 22, 2013, Ivy sold oxycodone to an associate. Ivy was charged with seven counts contained in a 51-count indictment returned in May.

The May indictment named a total of 16 defendants who were charged with various drug-related felonies.

The following defendants also received prison terms:   

n Elizabeth Ann Stewart, 30, of Matheny, was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison. Stewart pleaded guilty in August to distribution of oxycodone.

n Tonya Lynn Goode, 35, of Matheny, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison. Goode pleaded guilty in August to distribution of oxycodone.

n Danny Lee Decker, 42, of Mullens, was sentenced on Dec. 9 to one year and three months in prison. Decker pleaded guilty in July to using a telephone to commit a drug crime.

n Kathy Burchett, 38, of Welch, was sentenced on Dec. 3 to 1-1/2 years in prison.  Burchett pleaded guilty in August to using a telephone to commit a drug crime.

n Edgar Junior Ponce, 32, of Oceana, was sentenced on Dec. 3 to two years in prison.  Ponce pleaded guilty in July to using a telephone to commit a drug crime.

The sentences were handed down by senior United States District Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield.