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Press Release

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 10 Years for Possessing Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. – A convicted felon who possessed four firearms, including two weapons capable of accepting large capacity magazines, was sentenced today to a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Marvin Whiters, 29, of Richmond, pleaded guilty on January 12. According to court documents, on April 28, 2016, officers observed Whiters distribute heroin to a cooperating witness at a gas station close to Whiters’ residence. Later that day, the Richmond Police Department executed a search warrant at Whiters’s residence and discovered drugs and four firearms, including an M-4 carbine, semi-automatic rifle; an AK semi-automatic pistol; two semi-automatic 9mm pistols; 500 rounds of ammunition; a rifle optic; additional amounts heroin and packaging; and a bulletproof vest. The M-4 carbine and the AK pistol were firearms capable of accepting large capacity magazines.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Michael B. Boxler, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik S. Siebert prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:16-cr-131.

Updated April 17, 2017

Firearms Offenses