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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Elkins man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Anthony Blackburn, 26, of Elkins, West Virginia, pled guilty today to unlawful possession of a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Blackburn, who was previously convicted of a misdemeanor offense of “Domestic Battery” in Randolph County, admitted to possessing a .9mm pistol and a .380 caliber pistol in April 2016. He faces up to ten 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 Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated December 6, 2016