CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An Ohio man who bit a police officer during a traffic stop during which guns, drug ledgers and more than $20,000 in cash were found, could spend the rest of his life in federal prison when he is sentenced later this year.
Robin Earl Slater, 51, of Langsville, Ohio, pleaded guilty to four federal charges Tuesday before Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers. The charges were conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a marijuana conspiracy, possession of a firearm by a felon and obstruction of justice.
He admitted Tuesday that he plotted to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana to lower-level dealers in Kanawha and Putnam counties and out of state, according to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.
State Police Sgt. B.K. Hammontree followed Slater into a St. Albans parking lot on Jan. 23, 2012, after seeing him commit several traffic offenses.
Slater was less than cooperative during the stop and at one point tried to leave, causing Hammontree to reach into the vehicle to put it into park, according to newspaper archives. The officer struggled with Slater to get the keys out of the ignition, but it was then that Slater bit him on the arm.
The previous report of the incident said that Hammontree used a stun gun on Slater but that Slater took the weapon from him and used it on the trooper. The release from the U.S. Attorney's office, however, said Slater pepper-sprayed the trooper.
Slater was arrested a short time later.
A search of his vehicle turned up $24,515 in cash, a 12-gauge shotgun, .38-caliber revolver, .44-caliber revolver, .223-caliber short-barreled rifle, .380-caliber pistol, a 9-millimeter pistol and drug ledgers.