By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD — A former West Virginia state trooper who was charged with distribution of cocaine base (crack) and hydrocodone in early May pleaded guilty to one count of the indictment and will be sentenced in October, court documents reveal.
Thomas C. Jennings, 47, of Maybeury, pleaded guilty to a single count of distribution of crack cocaine before Chief U.S. District Judge David A. Faber of the Southern District of West Virginia at U.S. District Court in Bluefield on June 25. The court entered an order on July 9, scheduling Jennings’ sentencing for 11 a.m., Oct. 15, at U.S. District Court in Bluefield.
Jennings faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the count of conviction, a fine of as much as $1 million, a three-year term of supervised release and a mandatory $100 special assessment.
The charges contained in the indictment allege that Jennings was involved in drug distribution from June 27, 2005 until Nov. 15, 2006. Assistant Federal Public Defender Edward H. Weis represented Jennings in the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Miller A. Bushong III represented the government.