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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Clarksburg residents indicted on carjacking and firearms charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Christopher M. Vickers and Courtney M. Oliverio, both of Clarksburg, West Virginia, are facing carjacking and firearms charges, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Vickers, 31, and Oliverio, 39, were each indicted on one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Carjacking,” one count of “Carjacking,” and one count of “Conspiracy to Use Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.” Vickers was also indicted on one count of “Use of Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” 

According to court documents, on June 3, 2020, Vickers and Oliverio drove to a residence in Shinnston, West Virginia to take a motorcycle.  Vickers then allegedly grabbed a woman by her hair and held a gun to her head, demanding the location of the motorcycle. He also allegedly held a gun to the head of an 11-year-old child. According to the indictment, Vickers them rammed a vehicle into the garage of the residence to get the motorcycle. Vickers and Oliverio then allegedly attempted to take the motorcycle from the property. 

Vickers, a person prohibited from having a firearm because of a prior drug conviction, is accused of having a 5-shot revolver allegedly used during the crime.

Vickers and Oliverio each face up to five years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the carjacking conspiracy charge, up to 15 years of incarceration and fine of up to $250,000 for the carjacking charge, and up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearm conspiracy charge. Vickers also no less than seven years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearm use charge and up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the unlawful possession charge. 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 Christopher L. Bauer is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Shinnston Police Department investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Updated May 4, 2021