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OHIO MAN SENTENCED ON ILLEGAL FIREARMS POSSESSION CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Terry Jay Aldridge, 39, of Proctorville, Ohio, was sentenced today to five years’ probation that includes six months’ community confinement by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Aldridge previously pleaded guilty in May.  The defendant admitted that on July 28, 2009, he traveled to the O’Charley’s restaurant located in Barboursville, W.Va., to confront an individual.  According to witnesses present during the confrontation, the defendant pointed a 9-millimeter handgun at a known individual.  An officer with the Barboursville Police Department responded to the scene and subsequently detained the defendant.  Aldridge stated that he had a 9-millimeter handgun in his pocket and the officer recovered the firearm, along with a 9-millimeter magazine and eight rounds of ammunition from the defendant’s pockets.   According to the defendant’s criminal history, Aldridge had been convicted in 1992 of an aggravated felony of the second degree in Lawrence County, Ohio.   

This case was investigated by the Huntington Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is in charge of 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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