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Slain troopers to receive posthumous federal honors

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin will honor two West Virginia State Police troopers for their work on a federal methamphetamine investigation. Both were killed last year in the line of duty.

Goodwin will give posthumous awards to State Police Cpl. Marshal Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman during the U.S. Attorney's Law Enforcement and Victim Assistance Awards ceremony today<co Fri > at the federal courthouse in Charleston.

Bailey and Workman had investigated Raymond Hersman, 47, of Wallback, months before their deaths.

A federal jury found Hersman guilty of selling more than 50 grams of meth in May. He reportedly intended to distribute more than 400 grams of meth near Gauley Bridge, Fayette County.

Hersman faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years when U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston sentences him Dec. 12.

A gunman killed Bailey and Workman during a routine traffic stop at the Wallback park-and-ride off Interstate 79 near the border of Roane and Clay counties on Aug. 28, 2012.

Goodwin also will present awards for the Law Enforcement Agency of the Year, the Drug and Violent Crime Task Force of the Year and the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.


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