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UPDATE: W.Va. Gov. Tomblin's Brother Sentenced to Home Confinement

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 6/25/14 @ 3:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The brother of West Virginia's governor has been sentenced to eight months home confinement and three years probation after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge.

Carl Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville, pleaded guilty in March to distribution of oxymorphone.

He was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Charleston

Tomblin sold oxymorphone to a confidential police informant on five separate occasions in December 2013 and January 2014. Tomblin also admitted that he purchased and distributed oxymorphone for approximately eight months prior to January 2014.

He faced up to 20 years in prison.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued the following statement after the sentencing:

"This has been a difficult time for me and my family. We accept the court’s decision and will support my brother as he gets the help he needs to recover from his addiction. I know the impact drugs can have on our communities and families. I appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers."

When Carl Tomblin was charged in February, the governor said his brother was dealing with drug addiction and needed help, but must be held accountable for his actions.



UPDATE 6/13/14 @ 3:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The brother of West Virginia's governor is seeking a lesser or alternative sentence after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge.

Carl Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville pleaded guilty in March to distribution of oxymorphone.

Federal prosecutors say Tomblin sold the prescription painkiller to a confidential informant on five occasions in December 2013.

He faces up to 20 years in prison. Tomblin's attorney filed a sentencing memorandum this week.

Attorney Robert Kuenzel asked the court to impose a lesser or alternative sentence, specifically mentioning home confinement.

Tomblin is the brother of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

When Carl Tomblin was charged in February, the governor said his brother was dealing with drug addiction and needed help, but must be held accountable for his actions.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/25/14
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's brother has pleaded guilty to a drug charge in Federal Court.

Tuesday morning Carl Tomblin admitted to distributing Oxymorphone, which is a prescription painkiller, in Logan County.

He was placed on home confinement after he tested positive for taking Valium.

The judge in the case told Tomblin that would affect his sentencing guidelines.

During the hearing, WSAZ.com learned Tomblin has an outstanding warrant in Tennessee on a theft charge.

Tomblin will be sentenced on the drug case on June 25.


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