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

Monday, October 27, 2014

Clarksburg Man Sentenced For Unlawful Possession Of Firearm

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Clarksburg, West Virginia man with a prior felony drug conviction was sentenced in federal court for unlawful possession of a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

During a June 2013 traffic stop by the Morgantown Police Department, Petrus Hawkins, 35, was discovered in possession of a .45 caliber pistol. He pled guilty in June 2014 to one count of “Felon in Possession of Firearm” and was sentenced to 46 months in prison.

Hawkins was convicted in March 2009 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia of the felony offense of attempting to possess with intent to distribute marijuana near the Gilmer County High School Football Field in Glenville, West Virginia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives led the investigation.

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

Updated January 7, 2015