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Maryland man sentenced for firearms charge

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Desmon Johnson, of Parkville, Maryland, was sentenced today to 78 months incarceration for a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Johnson, age 35, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” in April 2019. Johnson, having previously been convicted of a felony, admitted to having five firearms in his possession in September 2016 in Preston 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 Traci M. Cook prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Preston County Sheriff's Office investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated August 26, 2019

Topics
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods