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W.Va. Governor's Brother Seeks Lesser Sentence to Drug Charges

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  The brother of West Virginia's governor is seeking a lesser or alternative sentence after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge.

Fifty-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville pleaded guilty in March to distribution of oxymorphone.

Federal prosecutors say Tomblin sold the prescription painkiller to a confidential informant on five occasions in December 2013.

He faces up to 20 years in prison. But the Charleston Daily Mail reports that Tomblin's attorney filed a sentencing memorandum this week.

Attorney Robert Kuenzel asked the court to impose a lesser or alternative sentence, specifically mentioning home confinement.

Tomblin is the brother of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

When Carl Tomblin was charged in February, the governor said his brother was dealing with drug addiction and needed help, but must be held accountable for his actions.


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