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MOUNT HOPE MAN SENTENCED TO 63 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Evan Darnell Wagner, 25, of Mount Hope, W.Va., was sentenced today to 63 months in prison by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Wagner previously pleaded guilty in October.  On May 4, 2011, law enforcement officers with the West Virginia State Police learned that the defendant was seen carrying a rifle in the Mount Hope area.  Police subsequently searched the residence of an associate of the defendant and found the firearm hidden at that location.  Wagner was prohibited from possessing a firearm by virtue of his 2008 felony conviction in the Circuit Court of Raleigh County, West Virginia. 

The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution. 

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.

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