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Wellsburg man admits to distributing heroin that killed Brooke County man

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A Wellsburg man has admitted to distributing heroin that caused the death of another.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Justin A. Withers, 29, has pleaded guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin. Withers, currently in custody, faces a binding term of 150 months in prison. His prison term must still be approved by Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr., who took the plea from Withers this week but deferred acceptance of the terms of the plea agreement until the time of sentencing. The sentencing hearing will be scheduled after a pre-sentence report has been prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Withers and co-defendant Curtis Adams were indicted by a federal grand jury last year for allegedly delivering heroin that caused the death of a Brooke County man in March 2011. Adams, who admitted to traveling to Steubenville, Ohio, to obtain the heroin and bringing it back to Brooke County to sell, pleaded guilty to interstate travel in aid of racketeering and was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force, Follansbee police, Wellsburg police and the Brooke County Sheriff's Department.