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

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jefferson County man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of firearm

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Norman Charles Hilbert, 48, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, pled guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Hilbert, who was previously convicted of a felony in Connecticut, was discovered in possession of a .45 caliber pistol in Jefferson County, West Virginia.  He pled guilty to one count of “Felon in Possession of Firearm,” and he now 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 Anna Z. Krasinski prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Charles Town Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated November 9, 2016