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Brooke County man sentenced for lying to law enforcement officers

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Matthew Ian Haught, 33, of Follansbee, West Virginia, was sentenced to twelve months and one day in prison for making a false statement to law enforcement officers, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

During an interview with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agents, Haught lied about how he came into possession of a stolen firearm. He later admitted to having stolen the firearm and to having possessed it before disposing of it. In February 2016, Haught pled guilty to one count of “False Statement to Law Enforcement.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated June 29, 2016