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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Berkeley County man sentenced for firearms charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jarius Jovanghn Styles, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 36 months incarceration for a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Styles, age 32, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” in February 2018. Styles, having previously been convicted of felonies in Virginia, illegally possessing a Rock Island Armory 10mm pistol. The crime occurred in June 2017 in Berkeley County.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara K. Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. 
Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 21, 2018