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Harrison County man sentenced for firearms and drug charges

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – John Soloman Banish, Jr., of West Milford, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 51 months of incarceration for firearms and drug charges, Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Banish, 25, pled guilty in November 2020 to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” and one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Banish, a person prohibited from having a firearm because of a prior conviction, had a 9mm pistol and a .380 caliber pistol in April 2020 in Harrison County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Wagner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and West Virginia State Police investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated May 20, 2021

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