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KANAWHA COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 4 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a Kanawha County man was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.   John Marcus Schoonover, 41, of Nitro, Kanawha County, W.Va., previously pleaded guilty in August.  Schoonover admitted that on August 14, 2011, he carried a stolen 12-gauge shotgun to Will’s Jewelry & Loan located in South Charleston and pawned the firearm for $70. 

The defendant was previously convicted in September 2008 in the Circuit Court of Putnam County, West Virginia, of conspiracy to commit first degree arson.  Schoonover did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored. 

The investigation was conducted by the Charleston Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston. 

This case was 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.

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