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Three men who admitted to forging prescriptions to obtain oxycodone have been sentenced.

Robert Sears and Curtis Sears, both aged 21, of Crab Orchard, and 35-year-old Stephen Hatcher of Beckley said they used stolen blank prescription pads to obtain the pills at local pharmacies, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

Hatcher was sentenced to eight months in federal prison, while Curtis Sears was sentenced to six months. Robert Sears was ordered to complete four months of home confinement with 100 hours of community service.

Their case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, while U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger sentenced the trio.

In other cases:

*Gene James, 44, of Crab Orchard, pleaded guilty in federal court in Beckley to distributing oxycodone. James admitted he sold pills to a person cooperating with police on Hot Coal Road in Sophia, Raleigh County. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine at sentencing, set for Aug. 21 before U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger.

The Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit conducted the investigation.

* Mark Johnson Jr., 23, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston to being a felon in possession of a firearm. In November 2013, Johnson was involved in an altercation outside the Town Center Mall and brandished a firearm. e has two prior felony convictions, both involving firearms.

Johnson faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment when he is sentenced Aug. 20.

The case was investigated by the Charleston police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston presided at the plea hearing.