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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Friday, January 20, 2017

Berkeley County man pleads guilty to illegal possession of a firearm

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Dennis Allen High, 29, of Falling Waters, West Virginia, pled guilty to illegally possessing a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

High, who had previously been convicted of a felony offense in Maryland, is prohibited from possessing a firearm. He admitted to possessing multiple firearms in Berkeley County, West Virginia in July 2016.

High pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Firearms Offenses
Updated January 20, 2017