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Mineral County man sentenced for firearms charge

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Thomas Edward Wright, of Keyser, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 103 months incarceration for a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Wright, age 30, pled guilty to one count of “Possession of a Stolen Firearm” in October 2018. Wright admitted to possessing  a stolen .22 caliber long rifle in February 2016 in Mineral 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 Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Keyser Police Department investigated. 

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated January 30, 2019

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