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Bonnie, Travis Butler Guilty of Drug Operation

The St. Marys Oracle of St Marys, West Virginia

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Bonnie Jean Butler, 56, and Travis Michael Butler, 21, both of St. Marys, have also accepted plea agreements for their roles in a methamphetamine manufacturing operation based in Pleasants County, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced.

Both were among six individuals charged in a 19-count federal indictment in June 2015.

Bonnie Butler pleaded guilty Aug. 27 to one count of possession of material, 40-70 grams of pseudophedrine, used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine — aiding and abetting.

She faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and three years of supervised probation. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based on the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Travis Butler pleaded guilty Aug. 28 to one count of possession of material, used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

He faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based on the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U. S. Attorney Shawn Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police and the Pleasants County Sheriff's Department investigated.

Also in August, co-conspirators, Samuel Scott Butler, 24, of St. Marys, Kate Lynn Baker, 20, of Friendly, and Garland Samuel Butler, 51, also of St. Marys, were convicted in federal court for their roles in manufacturing meth.

They each pleaded guilty to one count of possession of materials to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

When sentenced, they will face up to four years in prison and fines of up to $250,000, each.

Two weeks ago Donald "Amos" Butler pleaded guilty to the same charge as Bonnie, one count of possession of material, 100-300 grams of pseudophedrine, used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine — aiding and abetting.

Sentencing in federal court in Wheeling has been set for all but Amos: Bonnie Butler — Jan. 25, 4:15 p.m.; Garland Butler — Nov. 10, 11 a.m.; Kate Baker-Nov. 9, 11 a.m.; Samuel Butler-Nov. 10, 3:15 p.m.; and Travis Butler-Nov 16, 1:15 p.m.



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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015



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