Bridgeport woman sentenced in federal court on drug charge

Bridgeport woman sentenced in federal court on drug charge

Posted Wednesday, 4 June 2014

This article originally appeared on The Exponent Telegram. View the original post here.

LARKSBURG — A 29-year-old Bridgeport woman was sentenced to federal prison for 13 months on Wednesday for aiding and abetting distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of Pierpont Community and Technical College.

Megan Graeber could have faced 21 months in prison. However, U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley granted Federal Defender Brian Kornbrath’s motion to partially reduce the sentence in a nod to an expected across-the-board reduction in November of many drug sentences.

Kornbrath also persuaded the court to knock further time off the prison term, noting Graeber’s success in the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home Inc. residential treatment center program.

Graeber likely will end up serving about 11 months, since she will have the chance to earn 54 days of good time credit. She also has credit for about half a month already spent in jail pending prosecution.

Graeber, once hooked heavy on heroin, has been steadily employed, remains sober, has reconnected with her family and has plans for a positive future, the court learned from the defense.

Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan had opposed the application by Keeley of both reductions.

Morgan said guidance from her office indicated Graeber had an “aggravating factor” that would rule her out of the November reduction.

Additionally, Graeber was arrested with a Pittsburgh man, Trayvon Terell Snoe, 22, who came to this area to distribute heroin, Morgan alleged.

And, the Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force attributed 10 to 20 grams of heroin to Graeber, a “substantial amount” in Morgan’s mind.

Graeber will be allowed to self-report in early July to a federal prison, with the court recommending she be remanded to Alderson. In the meantime, Graeber will remain in the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home Inc. except for a court-approved furlough this month.