The Buckhannon man who police allege paid two men $5,000 to murder another man who had become romantically involved with his wife was indicted on federal immigration charges Tuesday by a federal grand jury sitting in Elkins.
Rodolpho "Chino" Correa Villagomez, 32, of Buckhannon was one of six individuals named in five indictments handed down by the grand jury, according to a press release from the office of William J. Ihlenfeld, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.
Counts one and three of Villagomez's six-count indictment charge him with giving a false statement to acquire a firearm on Jan. 9, 2011, and June 26, 2011, in Lewis County. Count two charges Villagomez with receipt of a firearm by an alien illegally in the United States on Feb. 21, 2011, in Upshur County, while count four charges him with illegal possession of a fraudulent identity document by an alien illegally in the United States on Feb. 6, 2012, in Upshur County.
Count five charges Villagomez with possession of firearms by an alien illegally in the United States on July 24, 2012.
The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation through which the United States is seeking to forfeit 16 firearms that were seized from Villagomez, meaning the firearms would not be returned to Villagomez.
Villagomez has been charged by the state with being an accessory before/after the fact in the first-degree murder of Joshua Oberg, 29, and is currently being held without bond in the Central Regional Jail. His case was bound over to an Upshur County Circuit Court, but he has not yet been indicted on that charge.
According to previous reports, Villagomez allegedly paid two men - 29-year-old Jesse Lee Heater and 30-year-old Robert Eugene Siron - $5,000 to kill Oberg on Jan. 23, after he learned that Oberg was having an affair with Villagomez's wife.
Authorities unearthed Oberg's body in a shallow grave along Bull Run Road in late July, and Villagomez, Heater and Siron were subsequently taken into custody.
Heater and Siron are each being held without bond on first-degree murder charges at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail and the North Central Regional Jail, respectively. Their cases were bound over to Upshur County Circuit Court, but neither Heater nor Siron have been indicted.
If convicted, Villagomez faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the six counts.
- Patrick S. Crites, 46, of Moorefield was named in a one-count indictment charging him with transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce on Nov. 28. If convicted, Crites faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
- Kelley Leigh Cohenour, 35, and William Joseph Russell, 38, both of Cass, were named in a seven-count indictment. Count one charges Cohenour and Russell with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from Oct. 1, 2011, to April 13, 2012, in Pocahontas County. Count two charges both defendants with maintaining a drug-involved premise from Oct. 1, 2011, to April 13, 2012, to manufacture, store and use methamphetamine.
Counts three and four charge Cohenour and Russell with possession of material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Oct. 13, 2011, and April 13, 2012.
Counts five and six charge Cohenour with possession of pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Oct. 3, 2011, and Oct. 11, 2011. Count seven alleges Russell possessed pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine on Oct. 5, 2011.
If convicted, Cohenour and Russell each face up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine on count one; 20 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine on count two; 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 on each of counts three and four; and 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on each of counts five, six and seven.
- Troy Antjuan Clayton, also known as "NY" and "Pastor," 29, of Clarksburg, was named in a 10-count indictment related to the alleged trafficking of crack cocaine. Clayton is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine; seven counts of distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a protected location; one count of maintaining a drug-involved premise to store, distribute and use crack cocaine; and one count of distribution of crack cocaine.
- The federal grand jury sitting in Elkins also indicted Juan Marron-Cerda, 33, on one count of re-entry by a removed alien. Marron-Cerda was allegedly found in Berkeley County after having been deported in March 2008; Marron-Cerda had not received consent to reapply for admission to the United States, according to the press release.
If convicted, Marron-Cerda faces up to two years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and deportation.
All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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