CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s brother will be on home confinement and probation instead of in federal prison for selling prescription drugs to a federal informant.

U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver sentenced Carl Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville, Wednesday to eight months home confinement and three years supervised release.


Carl Tomblin was sentenced Wednesday in federal court.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said federal prosecutors pushed for prison time.

“I believe that prison time is important and has a remarkable effect on focusing the mind especially when individuals have an addiction issue,” Goodwin said.

Tomblin cooperated with prosecutors and made several admissions of guilt. Goodwin said that played into the judge’s decision.

“He told on himself and told what he had been involved with,” Goodwin said. “A lot of the criminal conduct that drove the sentencing guidelines were admissions made by him. The court seemed to weigh that heavily.”

Tomblin sold more than three dozen oxymorphone pills at $100 a piece from May 2013 to Jan. 2014. The deal to the informant happened last December. He sought home confinement so he could continue to get treatment for his drug addiction.

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  • Roselee

    Wow what a joke, why not jail time, he can get all kind of help in there. He is no better than us average West Virginia. Face the fact they feel he is above the law. Just saying.

  • DWL

    So nice to see cousin Earl Ray's family can continue the family business unabated. The system rolls on.

  • Picklebee

    Famous line from Animal Farm- All pigs are equal, but some pigs are more equal than others.
    Shame on our legal system. And Booth- your status has hit rock bottom with my family.

  • Jim Long

    Thats 36 counts, My Grandson Got 9 Months IN Jail For 10 counts Of Meth Charges He Has A Court Date The End Of July To See If He Is Got To Go Back To Jail. Think Your Right Time To Look In To A Law SUIT.

  • BillSon

    Booth Goodwin took good care of his fellow boss hog pal the gov. Gov probably promised to support Goodwin in his gubernatorial bid in the next election. Disgusting. The Goodwin family has a long history of political corruption. Just look at how many of his family members work for the politicos. Including his wife. Guess where she works?? Yep, the governor......

    • Judge Jimmy

      Did you read the article? Goodwin pushed for prison time. Not a fan of ERT or Booth Goodwin but you are off base.

  • sammy

    Well praise the Lord and pass the soup! Another dangerous drug lord has been removed from the streets to relax in the comfort of his own home while taking drugs to "rehab" him! It doesn't get any better than that!

    Wait, why can't he do his home confinement at the governors mansion?? Now that would be justice!

  • Mr Bull$*it

    As I said when the story first broke he will never go to jail. I think anyone who has been sent to prison for dealing drugs should be suing the courts. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • Walter

    This is total BS! Well now I am convinced that politicians and their families are above the law and certainly receive preferential treatment from the courts. This is the proof. Many others before him have gotten extended jail time and did a lot less. Again, Tomblin scum.

  • Politics as usual

    Is it true that the drugs in this case came from the governors good friend senator Ron stollings, a democrat physician from Boone county?

  • thornton

    Well, I reckon he can still order in.

  • Tom

    White guys 'lawyer up' with expensive attorneys who 'know people'. Black guys are assigned a young inexperienced attorney who can't even find the courthouse without a GPS. Guess who goes to jail? And guess who goes home?

    • Wow

      This has nothing to do with " BLACK" it has to do with being in the elite class. A poor guy, no matter what color would have went to jail. So get over your racially charged self.

  • northforkfisher

    Why does he get the slapped hand treatment and everybody else gets buried under the jail.him and the f###### liberal judge should be buried under the jail.
    This right here is why drugs can't be stopped and eradicated from the street. The rich man gets slapped and walk, keeps selling to his middle men who get the big sentences and replaced the next day. The poor user either gets jail time or dies from bad drugs.
    Last time I heard, the prison has drug rehab facilities. Every one else has to do their rehab there, so should he.

    • Jason412


      But, not only is he not going to rehab, if the Gazette is accurate on this particular day, he'll be using Subxone. For selling thousands of dollars worth of drugs for at least 8 months, he has to stay home and take opiate dependence drugs for 8 months.

      This is on top of the recent stolen property charges he faced in Tennessee.

      Sounds like a smidgen of corruption to me.

      • Jima

        Jason 412: It's plain you know nothing of having a Substance a Use Disorder.Suboxone is part of a treatmentlan to treat Opiate Addiction. I'm sure you or someone else will reply with some ignorant remark but guess what- I stated facts and will not reply on this topic again- your dismissed!

        • Jason412

          First off, I didn't say anything bad about the drug its self. But, if it's part of a treatment plan, how many convicted drug dealers are offered that treatment plan? In a federal case, it is almost unheard of.

          Also, when prescribed Suboxone, how long are people usually on it before they are completely clean? 1 year? 2 years? 5 years? There isn't even a suggested amount of time. Someone prescribed Suboxone can be on it for the rest of their life, and it's not uncommon for people to be on it for multiple years. It may not have the "liquid handcuffs" nickname like Methadone, but that's only because it hasn't been around as long and isn't liquid.

          Suboxone is also one of the most widely abused drugs in my area and is being constantly targeted by the police for misuse and diversion. All the people that get arrested shooting it up, is that part of their treatment?

  • susanf1218

    Well, THAT'S a real shocker! I'm actually surprised he got any punishment, if you can even consider this punishment.

  • What about?

    What does this say about the young black kid on the Westside who gets small jail time for selling weed and big jail time for selling crack? No home confinement there.
    If I remember right, according to the papers, Carl has been in re-hab a couple of times before. But I really do hope it helps him.

  • Molon labe

    Anyone really surprised