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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  • Larry

    Buying his pills from the Bridgeport mayor



  • Bill

    It never hurt's to have a brother that is governor and loyal democrat.

  • Robino

    The issue here is: No one ever received the sentence they deserve in this case which has a lot to do with why we have such an epidemic problem in WV. Why should he receive more time than others just because he's the governor's son? They need to lock all of them up, not just one. How about going to the doctor(s) he was obtaining the pills from, that'd be a good start.

    • Mac

      Hey Robino,
      Carl Tomblin, age 50, is the Governor's BROTHER! He is NOT his son!
      Get it right before you publish!

  • Helen Davis

    Didn't get any jail time because he was the governor brother anybody else would have got jail time

  • WAP

    Another example of "unequal justice" in our courts. Had he been a middle or lower class income citizen, jail would have been mandatory.
    Sad day when you make this so obvious to the working class people of WV.
    DO you wonder why LE personnel have such a difficult time with enforcement? Very sad.

  • PMQ

    Yawn......does this surprise anyone at all. Seems different laws for the Manchins, Goodwins, and Tomblins. The beat goes on.........wake up WV.

  • 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.