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

Monday, November 7, 2016

Berkeley County man sentenced for unlawful possession of a firearm

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Thomas Dale Sims, Jr., 34, of Gerrardstown, West Virginia, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Sims, who had previously been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, was discovered in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun in October 2015. He pled guilty to one count of “Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence,” in July 2016. 

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.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

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Updated November 7, 2016