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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Marion County man and Harrison County man indicted on firearm charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A Marion County, West Virginia, man and a Harrison County, West Virginia, man were indicted this week by a federal grand jury on unlawful firearm possession charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

William D. Fulmer, of Rivesville, age 62, was indicted on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Fulmer, who had previously been convicted of crimes in Venango County, Pennsylvania, is accused of having a .308 caliber rifle in July 2017 in Marion County. 

In a separate case, Christopher Dent, of Bridgeport, age 32, was indicted on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Dent, who had previously been convicted of crimes in New Jersey, is accused of having a 9mm caliber pistol in May 2017 in Harrison County.

Fulmer and Dent each face 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 Sarah E. Wagner is prosecuting the Fulmer case on behalf of the government. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the Dent case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated both cases. Bridgeport Police Department assisted in the Dent investigation.

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

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated March 8, 2018