Donithan pleads guilty to charges

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Galax man to be sentenced on federal drug and firearms violations.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

ROANOKE — A 32-year-old Galax man faces enhanced penalties after pleading guilty to illegal drug offenses where there were guns involved.
Shannon Donithan appeared in federal court in Roanoke on Tuesday on a charge of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine, court papers say.
The maximum penalty that could arise includes a $10 million fine and a prison term of life, according to the plea agreement in the case.
The sentencing guidelines for the drug dealing charge were enhanced by the “possession of a dangerous weapon,” court papers say.
As part of the guilty plea, Donithan agreed to give up two firearms in a forfeiture. This includes a Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and a Cobray 9 mm pistol.

Judge Glen Conrad accepted the guilty plea and ordered a pre-sentencing report for Donithan.

Donithan will be kept in custody awaiting his Dec. 12 sentencing hearing.