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OAK HILL MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Randy Ray Smith, 31, of Oak Hill, West Virginia, pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger to being a felon in possession of a firearm.   Smith admitted that on July 15, 2010, he carried a .22 caliber pistol into a Beckley pawn shop and subsequently pawned the gun.  Smith was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had been convicted in 2009 in the Circuit Court of Fayette County for cocaine distribution.  

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.

Smith faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on February 29, 2012. 

The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney John File is in charge of the prosecution. 

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