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Elkins man sentenced on child porn charge

CLARKSBURG — Jack Carl Rice, of Elkins was sentenced Friday to 57 months incarceration for a child pornography charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Rice, age 62, pled guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in February 2020. Rice admitted to having images of child pornography depicting minors under the age of 12 in January 2018 in Harrison County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the West Virginia State Police, and the Bridgeport Police Department investigated.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

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ELKINS — Eric Allen Harris, of Beverly was sentenced Friday to 36 months incarceration for a drug distribution charge, Powell announced.

Harris, 40, pled guilty to one count of possession with ontent to distribute methamphetamine in June 2019. Harris admitted to distributing methamphetamine, also known as “ice,” in September 2018 in Randolph County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

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ELKINS — Jason Benton Barcus, of Ellamore has admitted to methamphetamine distribution, Powell announced.

Barcus, age 40, pled guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.Barcus admitted to distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in March 2019 in Upshur County.

Barcus faces not less than ten years and up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $10 million. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Lakes Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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