OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
February 3, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Defendant Indicted on Firearms Charge
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 34 year old defendant was named in an Indictment returned on February 2, 2010, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that ENNIS CHARLES PAYNE was named in a one-count Indictment charging PAYNE, who was previously convicted of malicious wounding and grand larceny in the Circuit Court of Harrison County, with unlawfully possessing a firearm on December 4, 2009, in Clarksburg.
If convicted, PAYNE faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.
It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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