The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 3, 2014

Wyoming residents plead guilty to drug charges

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Two men and two women from Wyoming County pleaded guilty in circuit court to unrelated drug charges.  

Willie Dean Kenneda of Foundation Fork in Simon pleaded guilty before Wyo-ming Circuit Court Judge Warren McGraw to one count of delivery of a controlled substance, oxycodone.  

Kenneda now faces a potential prison sentence of one to 15 years. He will be held at Southern Regional Jail until his sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled.

Prosecuting Attorney Mi-cheal Cochrane acknowledged the hard work of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police and the Southern West Virginia Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

“The work of law enforcement in this case was fantastic,” Cochrane said. “Their hard work continues to send a message to those people who sell drugs that the time before their arrest is limited.”

Johnny Lee Lawson of Pine-ville pleaded guilty before McGraw to two felony counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

Lawson was arrested in October 2013 in a county drug sweep conducted by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police and the Southern West Virginia Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

McGraw sentenced Lawson to two terms of one to five years, to be served concurrently.

Miranda Nicole Toler pleaded guilty before McGraw to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of felony conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

Toler was sentenced to two to 20 years in the custody of the Division of Corrections. Toler waived her right to move for alternative sentence and she will remain incarcerated until paroled.

“I would like to thank the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and the Southern Drug and Violent Crime Task Force for the great work they did in this case,” Cochrane said. “It is important to prosecute these offenses fully, and I am proud of the work my office has done putting drug offenders in jail.”

Barbara Lynn Reed of Tur-key Creek pleaded guilty to one count of delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, oxymorphone. Reed was sentenced to one to 15 years, but her sentence was suspended while she serves two years probation, which will include participation in the day report program.

“While Ms. Reed may not have been a big-time dealer and didn’t have a bad record prior to this incident, we will prosecute everyone who sells drugs and poisons our communities,” Cochrane said.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com