Kerry Marbury, who set West Virginia University's career touchdown...

March 31, 1988
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ELKINS, W.Va. -- Kerry Marbury, who set West Virginia University's career touchdown record in only two seasons, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for violating probation.

Marbury's probation was revoked by U.S. District Judge Robert Maxwell following a hearing at Elkins.

Marbury, a 36-year-old native of Carolina in Marion County, originally was sentenced to five years probation after being convicted in June 1984 of committing perjury before a federal grand jury. U.S. Attorney William Kolibash said the grand jury at that time was investigating drug activity in northern West Virginia.

The terms of Marbury's probation required him to obtain permission from a probation officer to leave West Virginia. He also was ordered not to break any federal, state or local laws.

Evidence presented at the hearing indicated Marbury went to New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts without notifying his probation officer, the federal prosecutor said. Marbury also is under indictment in New Jersey for drug offenses, Kolibash said.

Marbury scored a school-record 30 touchdowns in the 1971 and 1972 seasons at West Virginia. He also holds the single-game rushing record of 291 yards as a sophomore against Temple in 1971.

He passed up his senior year at to play professional football in Canada and later had a tryout with the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

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