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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 9, 2014

Brooke County Men Charged With Possession Of Stolen Firearms

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Matthew Lyman, Public Affairs Specialist/Community Outreach Coordinator

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Brooke County men have been charged with the illegal possession of firearms, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

Ian K. SAUNDERS, 34 and Mark CAMPBELL, 22, both of Follansbee, W. Va. were each indicted on one count of “Unlawful Drug User and Addict in Possession of a Firearm” and one count of “Possession of a Stolen Firearm.” The Indictment alleges that both men are addicted to heroin and came into possession of the stolen firearms in January of 2014.

Each count carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

This case is being investigated by officers and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department and the Weirton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

In other indictments returned by the Wheeling Grand Jury:

• Wilbur W. BARR, 22 of Wheeling, W. Va., was charged with one count each of “Unlawful Drug User and Addict in Possession of a Firearm”, “Possession of a Stolen Firearm”, and “Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.” BARR is alleged to be addicted to methamphetamine.

This case is being investigated by the ATF and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. AUSA Vogrin is prosecuting the case for the government, and BARR faces up to twenty five years in prison

• Christopher N. GRAHAM, 37 of Jodie, W. Va., was charged with one count of “Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.” GRAHAM has a previous felony conviction in the State of Arizona for Burglary. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

This case is being investigated by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and the ATF. AUSA Vogrin is prosecuting the case for the government.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of each defendant. The charges contained in the Indictments are merely accusations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 7, 2015