Jefferson County man admits to illegal firearm charge
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Charles Town, West Virginia man pled guilty today to unlawfullly possessing a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.
Darnell Antonio Gardner, age 38, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Gardner, having previously been convicted of a felony in Prince George’s County, Maryland, had a .40 caliber pistol in Jefferson County in June 2016.
Gardner faces up to 10 years incarceration 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 Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigated.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.