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CHARLESTON MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Allan E. Belcher, 22, of Charleston, was sentenced today to 70 months in prison by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Belcher previously pleaded guilty in October.  The defendant admitted that on March 19, 2011, he possessed a .38 caliber revolver while at an associate’s Nitro apartment.  Police officers responded to a report of shots fired and came upon the defendant in the vicinity of the apartment complex.  Belcher further admitted that at the time of the incident he fled from law enforcement, threw the revolver near a creek and hid from police.  The responding officers subsequently found the defendant and also retrieved the firearm. 

Belcher was prohibited from possessing a firearm as a result of a 2008 felony conviction in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County for possession with intent to manufacture and deliver a controlled substance.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

The investigation was conducted by the Nitro Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Steven Loew handled the prosecution. 

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