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Firearm charges send couple to prison

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A Huntington couple will each spend more than two years in prison in connection with a firearms conviction dating back to June 2012.

Molly Sue Pauley, 41, and Steven Ray Pauley, 32, were sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

Molly Pauley received a three-year, two-month prison sentence. She had pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting her husband in his possession of a firearm.

Steven Pauley received a two-year, six-month prison sentence. He had pleaded guilty to having been a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Molly Pauley had signed an agreement with prosecutors stating she removed a .38-caliber handgun from another man's residence without his permission. She then traveled to the 800 block of 25th Street and handed over the gun to her husband. It further states she knew at the time her husband was prohibited from possessing any firearm due to a July 2003, first-degree robbery conviction in Cabell County.

Federal agents arrested Steven Pauley later that day at a motel parking lot in the 1000 block of Washington Avenue. Initial documents alleged Pauley lifted his shirt to reveal the handgun upon realizing he had been spotted by law enforcement. It had been concealed in the suspect's waistband.

Molly Pauley's plea agreement resolved her initial indictment, as federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of felon in possession of a firearm. That stemmed from her having possessed the gun despite three prior felony convictions in Tennessee, Alabama and Wayne County, W.Va.

Steven Pauley's 2003 conviction stemmed from the taking of a woman's fanny pack months earlier at a 6th Avenue grocery store.

Local man sentenced in Logan County drug case

U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston ordered Rayshawn Allah Wells to serve a two-year prison sentence.

Wells, 22, had pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute the drug.

Wells had signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he worked with another person April 14, 2010, to transport oxycodone pills from Huntington to Logan County, W.Va. The search of a Logan County residence found 127 oxycodone pills and $1,040 cash.

Wells told police those pills were all that remained from an initial shipment. Authorities believe the cash seizure stemmed from prior transactions, according to the agreement.

Federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of conspiracy and oxycodone distribution in exchange for Wells' admission.

A sentencing memorandum filed by the defense described Wells as being a drug dealer since his teenage years. It sought an alternative to prison, arguing that Wells wants to turn around his life and set a better example for his family.

Probation ordered for heroin addict

Chambers sentenced Robert Kyle Pemberto, of Chesapeake, Ohio, to five years of probation with the first eight months to be served on home confinement.

Pemberton, 27 at the time of last year's plea, had admitted to a single-count indictment charging him with distribution of heroin. He signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he arranged and sold 0.3 of a gram of heroin for $100.

The transaction took place March 21, 2011, with a confidential informant at Pemberton's residence, at the time located in the 600 block of 16th Street in Huntington.

Pemberton's defense sought probation, describing him as a small-time dealer who dealt heroin to support his severe addiction.

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