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Harrison County man convicted for unlawful possession of a firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Christopher C. Cozad, of Mount Clare, West Virginia, was convicted today in federal court for illegal possession of a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

Cozad, age 32, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Cozad, having previously convicted of felony fleeing from an officer in Harrison County in 2011, did possess a Smith & Wesson 5.56 caliber firearm. The crime is alleged to have occurred in April 2016 in Harrison County.

Cozad 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 Traci M. Cook is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated March 29, 2017

Firearms Offenses