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FAYETTE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION CHARGE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Charles Anthony Jones, 31, of Scarbro, Fayette County, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 84 months in prison by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Jones pleaded guilty in May.  The defendant admitted that on December 21, 2010, he possessed a .40 caliber pistol at his Fayette County residence.  Jones further admitted that the .40 caliber firearm had an obliterated serial number.  The same day, police executed a search warrant and seized the firearm.  Jones was convicted of various criminal offenses in Circuit Court of Raleigh County in April 2001 and had not had his right to possess a firearm restored. 

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney John Frail 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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