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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

 

 

September 9, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Weston Resident Indicted on
Firearms Charge

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 40 year old Weston, West Virginia, resident was named in an Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on September 1, 2009.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that RICHARD HAYHURST was named in a one-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that HAYHURST, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed firearms on January 22, 2008, in Weston.

If convicted, HAYHURST faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.