Man sentenced to 30 years in prison in Fayette County

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A man is sentenced to 30 years in prison for drug charges in Fayette County.

According to Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Mauzy, Bernard G. Echols, 55, of Chicago, IL, was sentenced on Monday, August 31 to 30 years in prison for conspiring to possess between 10 and 100 grams of heroin with the intent to deliver.  Echols was convicted following a one-day trial before Chief Judge Paul M. Blake, Jr. on July 7.

On June 3, 2019 Deputy Sheriff C.M. Tomlin stopped a vehicle near Jones Avenue in Oak Hill after observing multiple traffic violations.  Echols was one of two occupants of the car, and a search of the car revealed several bags of heroin, cash, and scales.

Echols’ sentence was doubled because of a prior felony drug conviction.