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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: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

May 15, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Moundsville Resident Sentenced to Nine Years
Imprisonment on Firearms Charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 39-year old Moundsville, West Virginia, resident
was sentenced on May 14, 2012, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that: MARCUS LAVERN BROOKS was sentenced to 108 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. BROOKS entered a plea of guilty on March 12, 2012, to one count of possession of a firearm on June 16, 2011, in Weirton, Brooke County, West Virginia, after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. BROOKS was previously convicted in the Nassau County Court, New York, of the offense of “Criminal Possession of a Weapon-3rd Degree” and also convicted in Jefferson County, Ohio, of the offense of “Trafficking in Drugs” and “Trafficking in Counterfeit Drugs.” The Court also ordered the forfeiture of the .25 Caliber Berretta Semi-Automatic Handgun that BROOKS possessed. BROOKS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

“The prosecution of Brooks was part of a coordinated effort between the Brooke County Prosecuting Attorney’s office and the United States Attorney’s Office to combat gun crime in the Northern Panhandle. The U.S. Attorney’s office encourages referrals from state and local law enforcement agencies involving felons and other prohibited persons who are found to illegally possess firearms in West Virginia,” said Ihlenfeld.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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