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Marshall County man sentenced for firearms violation

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – William M. Johnson, Jr., of McMechen, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 months incarceration for a firearms violation, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Johnson, age 31, pled guilty to one count of “False Statement to Acquire Firearm.” Johnson admitted to making a false statement when purchasing a firearm. Johnson claimed the weapon was for his use, when, in fact, he purchased the .40 caliber pistol for a convicted felon. The crime took place in August 2018 in Ohio County.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. 

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided.

Updated December 16, 2019

Firearms Offenses
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