Buckhannon pair to serve time in federal prison


BUCKHANNON — Two Upshur County locals were sentenced on Monday, August 29, 2022 for federal charges committed in 2019.

According to U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, 41-year-old Johnna Dee Courtney was sentenced to 120 months, or 10 years, in a federal prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Kleeh. Courtney’s codefendant, 42-year-old Garry William Moran II was sentenced to serve 84 months (seven years) in a federal prison.

Official documents report that Courtney pleaded guilty in January of 2020 to one count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute at least 50 grams of Methamphetamine and one count of Possession of Counterfeit Obligations. Courtney admitted to distributing the more that 50 grams of Methamphetamine in Upshur County in May of 2019 and also admitted to having 95 counterfeit $100 bills in her possession.

Court documentation also stated that Moran pleaded guilty in June of 2021 to one count of Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and one count of Possession of Counterfeit Obligations. It is stated that Moran admitted to having the Methamphetamine in his possession intending to distribute it in Upshur County as well. He also admitted to having $1,100 of counterfeit bills in May of 2019.

The pair was arrested in January of 2019 before the investigation was completed by the Mountain Lakes Drug Task Force and they both had received indictments in October of 2019.

The defendants, Courtney and Moran, are currently being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail with no bond and are awaiting transport to federal institutions.

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