UPDATE: Former Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy sentenced to 2-15 years in prison
A former Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy was sentenced to two to 15 years in prison on Monday.
According to the Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Rock was found guilty of 17 counts of falsifying documents and one count of conspiracy on Aug. 23.
The judge granted the defense's request to defer Rock's sentence, the prosecuting attorney's office said. He will start his sentence in February 2020.
Rock was found guilty of four counts of distribution of heroin last.
The prosecuting attorney's office said Rock's sentencing for the federal drug charges will be April 2020.
A former Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy was convicted of drug charges this week.
According to U.S. Attorney Bill Powell, 41-year-old Timothy Rock of Clarksburg was found guilty of four counts of distribution of heroin. Rock distributed heroin in Harrison County in July, September and October 2016.
“Everyone is subject to the rule of law. This particular defendant and former deputy crossed the line, and the jury rendered a verdict. The verdict in this difficult, but important case was due to the hard work and dedication of the prosecution team. The ultimate punishment is now up to the court,” said Powell.
At trial, three former confidential informants testified that Rock gave them heroin on dozens of occasions, most often by letting them keep a portion of heroin purchased in law enforcement monitored drug transactions, according to Powell. Two of the informants directly received uniquely packaged heroin labeled “FLIGHT 18” from Rock on other occasions. Trial evidence established that Rock acquired the FLIGHT 18 heroin from the evidence lockers at the now defunct Street Crimes and Drug Unit of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.
Other evidence demonstrated that Rock falsified sheriff’s department and court records to conceal his distribution of heroin to informants, and that he violated numerous other standard protocols with respect to managing informants, tracking government funds, securing evidence, and ensuring officer safety, according to Powell.
Rock faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $1 million for each count.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew R. Cogar and Zelda E. Wesley are prosecuting Rock's case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police investigated the case.
Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.
A former Harrison County Sheriff's deputy was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges Wednesday.
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Powell's office, 41-year-old Timothy Rock was indicted on four counts of distribution of heroin.
Powell's office says Rock is accused of distributing heroin in Harrison County in July, September and October 2016.
Rock faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for each count if he is found guilty.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Virginia State Police investigated Rock's case.
The Associated Press reported that Rock was found guilty on 17 counts of falsifying documents and one count to conspiracy to commit a felony on August 23.
A West Virginia sheriff’s deputy has been found guilty of falsifying documentation of payments made to confidential informants.
News outlets report former Harrison County deputy Timothy Rock was found guilty Thursday of 17 counts of falsifying accounts and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.
A male informant testified during the trial that Rock allowed him to have some of the heroin from a drug bust instead of receiving vouchers for pay for his informant work.
Also during the trial, former Chief Deputy Jeff McAtee testified that former Sheriff Albert Marano became aware of accusations that Rock paid confidential informants with heroin and didn’t conduct an internal investigation.
Marano told The Exponent Telegram he didn’t have a comment.
Rock faces sentencing in October.