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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 18, 2018

Jefferson County man sentenced for firearms charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – William Edwin Rogers, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 63 months incarceration for a firearms violation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Rogers, age 28, who had previously been convicted of a felony offense in Jefferson County, is prohibited from possessing a firearm. He pled guilty today to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” in March 2018. The crime occurred on April 27, 2016 in Berkeley County. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Z. Krasinski prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated June 19, 2018