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Clarksburg domestic violence offender pleads guilty to unlawful possession of firearm

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Convicted domestic violence offender John Patrick Blair, 64, of Clarksburg, pled guilty today to unlawful possession of a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Blair, who has a previous domestic violence conviction in state court in West Virginia, was discovered in unlawful possession of a .357 magnum caliber rifle in August 2014 in Harrison County, West Virginia. Blair was convicted in April 2010 in the Magistrate Court of Harrison County, West Virginia of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Blair pled guilty today to one count of “Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence.” He faces up to 10 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 Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Clarksburg, West Virginia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided. 


Updated May 2, 2016