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Lewis County man charged with firearms violations

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Samuel Lee Donaldson, Jr., of Weston, West Virginia, was indicted today on a firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Donaldson, age 35, is charged with two counts of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Donaldson, who was previously convicted of domestic battery and prohibited from having a firearm, is accused of having a 9mm pistol in October 2019 in Lewis County.

Donaldson faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count.  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 Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated December 17, 2019

Firearms Offenses