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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 29, 2016

Four sentenced for firearm, identity theft charges

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Four people were sentenced today for firearm and identity theft charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Curtessa Monet Franklin, 22, of Canton, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for lying while attempting to acquire a firearm. Franklin pled guilty in April 2016 to one count of “Conspiracy to Provide a False Statement During the Attempted Purchase of a Firearm.”

Christopher Lee Linn, 30, of Jessup, Maryland, was sentenced to 58 months in prison for firearm and identity theft charges. Linn pled guilty in May 2016 to one count of “False Statement in Acquisition of a Firearm” and one count of “Aggravated Identity Theft.”

Robert Jackson Rowand, 36, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 35 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm. Rowand, who has prior felony convictions in Berkeley County, WV, pled guilty in May 2016 to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.”

Alan Clark Toliver, 36, of Charles Town, West Virginia, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm. Toliver, who has prior felony convictions in New Jersey and North Carolina, pled guilty in May 2016 to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.”

Assistant United States Attorney Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted Franklin, Rowand, and Toliver.  Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti prosecuted Linn. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the cases. They were assisted by the West Virginia State Police on the Franklin case; the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and Martinsburg Police Department on the Rowand case; and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on the Toliver case. 

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated August 29, 2016