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UPDATE: Ziegler Sentenced on Federal Drugs and Firearms Charges

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

UPDATE 1/9/12 @ 11:05 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kenneth Maurice Ziegler, 40, of Huntington, was sentenced Monday to 130 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers for distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of firearms, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Ziegler pleaded guilty in September 2011. He admitted that on Sept. 10, 2010, he arrived at the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington to complete a prearranged drug transaction with an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Ziegler further admitted that he subsequently provided the undercover agent with 82.6 grams of crack cocaine in exchange for $4,500.

Also, on Nov. 30, 2011, Ziegler contacted an undercover ATF agent concerning firearms that he had for sale. After a series of telephone calls between the defendant and the undercover agent, Ziegler admitted that he arrived at the Smokin’ Aces store and sold a Remington rifle to the agent in exchange for $900.

At the time Ziegler sold the firearm, he was an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. Ziegler also admitted to participating in a total of 13 drug transactions at the Smokin’ Aces store that involved a total of 300 80-milligram oxycodone tablets and 305 grams of crack cocaine.



UPDATE 12/28/10 @ 10:20 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man in trouble for a police chase was back in court Tuesday morning.

Kenny Ziegler was in Judge John Cummings' courtroom Tuesday morning for a home confinement revocation hearing. These charges are unrelated to chase last week.

An outburst by Ziegler's daughter interrupted the hearing for a short period of time. Bailiffs had to escort her out of the courtroom.

During the hearing Ziegler's lawyer asked for the hearing to be continued to request the transcripts from the prior hearings.

The hearing was continued until Jan. 7.

Ziegler is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on the charges related to the chase next week.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/23/10
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man, no stranger to the law, is in trouble with police once again.

Huntington Police told WSAZ.com that Kenny Ziegler was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Huntington Police Department says officers were on foot in the area of Artisan Avenue looking for a suspect wanted on several warrants. They weren't looking for Ziegler, but he took off in a car, drove into the side of one of the officers and dragged the officer for several feet. That's when the rest of the officers started pursuing Ziegler's car, the chase lasted for about five minutes. Spike strips were used in the chase and officers finally got Zeigler stopped on Northcott Court.

Officers say Ziegler was arrested after a short struggle. He's charged with attempted murder on a police officer, fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and obstructing justice.

Officers found approximately 85 grams on marijuana and a plastic bag containing several chunks of crack cocaine.

Police say he already had outstanding warrants for a suspended or revoked license, burglary and fleeing on foot.

Ziegler is 39-years-old.

He's set to be in court Tuesday.

Ziegler is in the Western Regional Jail on $154,000 cash-only bond.

He's the father of NBA star O.J. Mayo. Mayo played for Huntington High School and currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.


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