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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

June 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Martins Ferry Resident Indicted
on Firearms Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 37 year old Martins Ferry, Ohio, resident was named in an Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia, on June 7, 2011.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that WILLIAM R. BRATTON was named in a 22-count Indictment. Counts 1 through 11 of the Indictment allege that BRATTON, being an unlawful user and addicted to controlled substances, knowingly possessed firearms in March and April 2011 in both Wheeling and Moundsville. Counts 12 through 22 of the Indictment allege that BRATTON knowingly possessed and disposed of stolen firearms in March and April 2011 in both Wheeling and Moundsville.

If convicted, BRATTON faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count of the Indictment.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. 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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