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Plea hearing sought in case of West Virginia governor’s brother

CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking a plea hearing for the brother of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a drug distribution case.

Assistant U.S. Prosecutor C. Haley Bunn filed the motion Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston in the case involving 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville.

Bunn asked the court to schedule a hearing at which Carl Tomblin is expected to plead guilty to a federal information charging him with illegally distributing oxymorphone, a prescription painkiller, in December.

The information was filed Wednesday. It typically signals the defendant is cooperating with the investigation.

No hearing date was immediately set.

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