West Virginia gov's brother sentenced for drug charges

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Updated: 6/25 6:44 pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The brother of West Virginia's governor was sentenced on Wednesday to serve eight months of home confinement and three years of probation, for pleading guilty on federal drug charges.

Carl Tomblin, 50, received the sentence in federal court in Charleston. Tomblin pleaded guilty in March to distributing the painkiller oxymorphone.

Federal prosecutors say Tomblin sold oxymorphone to a confidential police informant on five occasions in December 2013 and January 2014. He also admitted that he bought and distributed oxymorphone for about eight months prior to January 2014.

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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