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Son of WV lawmaker is convicted of selling oxycodone

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WHEELING, WV (WVVA) The son of West Virginia Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler (D- Marshall, District 2) entered a plea in federal court to trafficking illegal pain pills.

Jacob Kessler, 25, of Glen Dale, WV was convicted on Wednesday in the Northern District of West Virginia federal court. According to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, Jacob Kessler sold oxycodone on multiple occasions in 2013, "including a sale in February of 2013 near West Virginia Northern Community College."

Kessler entered a guilty plea to one count of distribution of oxycodone within 1000 feet of a protected location. He faces up to 40 years in prison and a $2,000,000 fine. "The actual sentence imposed will be based on the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history," according to the news release.

WV Senator Jeff Kessler released the following statement on his son's federal drug conviction:

Today is a day of mixed emotions for me and my family.

My 25 year old son, Jacob, accepted responsibility for his actions and pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. As a result of his plea, he will be participating in the Federal Drug Court of the Northern District of West Virginia.

I am happy today that my son is doing well, is clean and sober and most importantly alive.

I have spent much of my time in public office talking about the dangers of addiction and working to raise awareness and fight for funding for treatment facilities. Like anyone else who is dealing with addiction, my son needs help.  His arrest in December has proven to be the change he needed to help turn his life around.

Jacob was released from the Northern Regional Jail in February and entered Miracles Happen, a residential substance abuse program.  Following the completion of his 90-day rehabilitation, he entered Lazarus House, a sober living facility that provides a place to live, recover and reconnect with society for those who are recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction. Jacob is still living at Lazarus House today.

Addiction touches countless lives. Drug abuse is a huge epidemic in our state and is an equal opportunity destroyer.  Being an elected official makes me no different than any other West Virginian who is dealing with a family member’s addiction.  Anyone who has faced the illness of addiction in a loved one can relate to what’s happening with my son and the toll it has taken on my family. Nevertheless, I remain today what I’ve always been first and foremost and that’s Jacob’s father. I love my son. I will continue fighting for him and all other West Virginians who are suffering from addiction. 

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Below is the full news release issued by U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II:

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Jacob Kessler, 25, of Glen Dale, West Virginia, was convicted of oxycodone trafficking in federal court today, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced.
An investigation by the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, revealed that Kessler sold oxycodone on multiple occasions in 2013, including a sale in February of 2013 near West Virginia Northern Community College.
Kessler pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a Protected Location.” He faces up to forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bernard prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.
U.S. Senior District Court Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., presided.

 

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