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Clarksburg Man Plead Guilty To Federal Firearms Charges

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

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A West Virginia pawn shop owner has pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge and for lying to ATF agents.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that MARTIN L. QUEEN, age 51, of Clarksburg, entered pleas of guilty to “Possession of Stolen Firearms” and two counts of “Making Materially False Statements and Representations.” U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley took the plea. QUEEN, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to twenty years in prison. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

In other court matters, a 28-year old Clarksburg resident was sentenced to prison by Judge Keeley. Dominic SUTHERLIN was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release due to his conviction for “Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful Drug User/Addict.” SUTHERLIN will self-report to prison in May. The case was prosecuted by Morgan and investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

Tony HAWK, age 30, and Marquis Anton BROOKS, age 32, inmates at FCI Morgantown entered pleas of guilty and were each sentenced to 3 months in prison, to run concurrently to HAWK’s current 100-month sentence and BROOKS’ current 60-month sentence for “Possession of a Prohibited Object,” when staff at the correctional institution recovered cell phones from both inmates.

Keegan Chance VANTUYL, age 31, an inmate at USP Hazelton, entered a plea of guilty to “Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm.” VANTUYL aided and abetted another inmate in the assault of an inmate by striking and cutting the victim with a sharp object. VANTUYL faces up to twenty years in prison.

The HAWK, BROOKS, and VANTUYL cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower and investigated by the Special Investigative Services Unit at FCI Morgantown and USP Hazelton.

Finally, Timothy PETITTO, age 37, of Fairmont, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to “Possession of Child Pornography.” PETITTO, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.

Updated January 7, 2015