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HUNTINGTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Huntington man pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Michael Jackson, 40, of Huntington, admitted that on June 18, 2007, he possessed a loaded .380 caliber pistol near Barboursville, W.Va.  The firearm traveled in interstate commerce prior to being possessed by the defendant.     

Jackson was previously convicted in November 1995 in the Third Judicial Circuit Court in Wayne County, Michigan of attempted unarmed robbery.  The defendant did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored. 

Jackson faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.   

The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston is in charge of the prosecution. 

This case is also 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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