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CHARLESTON MAN SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bernie D. Lamb, 25, of Charleston, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Lamb previously pleaded guilty in December.  On August 15, 2011, two outstanding arrest warrants from Kanawha County were issued for the defendant.  That same day, officers with the Charleston Police Department observed the defendant on the front porch of a Charleston residence and subsequently arrested him.  At the time of the arrest, the defendant informed police that he possessed a firearm in his waistband.  Officers removed a loaded .38 caliber pistol, along with an extra magazine of ammunition, from the defendant’s possession. 

Lamb was convicted in November 2007 in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County of felony wanton endangerment involving a firearm and did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored. 

The investigation was conducted by the Charleston Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney William King 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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