Northern District of West Virginia U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld held an awards ceremony last week to recognize exceptionalism in investigations and community service. A Braxton County native was one of the honorees.
Among the recipients were the investigators of the serial medical murder case of Reta Mays and the espionage case of Jonathan and Diana Toebbe.
Following the ceremony, Michael D. Nordwall, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office presented Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Jarod J. Douglas, lead prosecutor of the Mays and Toebbe cases, with a letter of commendation from FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.
In the letter, Director Wray commended AUSA Douglas “for his outstanding performance as the lead prosecutor on numerous high-profile FBI investigations based in West Virginia.” Director Wray called Douglas “a great credit to the Department of Justice” because of his “innovative prosecution strategies, grit, tenacity, aggressiveness, and deep legal knowledge.”
Douglas has served as an AUSA in the Northern District of West Virginia since 2012. . Jarod is a 2002 graduate of Clay County High School, where he was a two-time All-State Wide Receiver for the late Ron Sirk’s Clay County Panthers. Jarod graduated in 2009 from the WVU College Of Law, and he went on to be a clerk for the Honorable John Preston Bailey, US District Court Judge in Wheeling. The recipient is the son of long-time Braxton County Attorney and now Kanawha County Family Court Judge Jim Douglas.