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Marion County man sentenced for firearms charges

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA –Oneil Wayne South, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 24 months incarceration for firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

After a two-day trial in March 2020, the jury found South, age 45, guilty of one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm as Drug User.” South is prohibited from having a firearm because of drug use, and has a 9mm pistol in March 2019 in Marion County.

South pled guilty to one count of “Reckless Flight from a Law Enforcement Officer” in February 2020. South admitted to fleeing from law enforcement after being asked to stop when on the property of the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Harrison County in March 2019.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew R. Cogar and Danae DeMasi-Lemon prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the FBI, and the Fairmont Police Department investigated.
U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

Updated June 29, 2020

Firearms Offenses