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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hardy County man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of firearms

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Steven Michael Hawley, 28, of Moorefield, West Virginia, pled guilty today to unlawful possession of a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Hawley, who has a previous felony conviction in state court in West Virginia, was discovered in unlawful possession of a .40 caliber pistol in April 2015 in Grant County, West Virginia. He was previously convicted of the felony offense of “Unlawful Assault” in the Circuit Court of Hardy County, West Virginia.

Hawley pled guilty today to one count of “Felon in Possession of Firearms.” He faces up to 10 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 Paul Camilletti prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated May 26, 2016