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One sentenced, three plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Wheeling

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A Wheeling man was sentenced 30 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.

Jonah L. Begay, 38, a sex offender from Utah who moved to Wheeling last year, also must complete five years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.

Begay had previously been convicted of attempted sexual abuse of a 10-year-old child in Utah and is required by state and federal law to register as a sex offender.

Ihlenfeld said police received complaints in November about an individual later identified as Begay acting aggressively and appearing to be intoxicated in an area near Bridge Street Middle School. After taking him into custody, police learned that Begay had moved to Wheeling in June and had begun working at a fast-food restaurant in the Elm Grove section of Wheeling without updating his registration in Utah or registering in West Virginia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin handled the prosecution. The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and West Virginia State Police.

In other cases:

Javon L. Scott, 28, of Wellsburg, admitted to a charge of felon in possession of a firearm. Scott, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years in federal prison. His case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Kristen Nieman, 22, of Benwood, entered a plea of guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone within 1,000 feet of Moundsville Middle School. Niemen, in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 40 years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr. prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force, which includes officers and agents from the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Mark Tucker, 44, of Wheeling, pleaded guilty to obtaining a controlled substance by forgery. As part of his plea agreement, Tucker agreed to make restitution to Wheeling Hospital in the amount of $2,923. Tucker's case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Stein and investigated by the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.