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

Monday, January 29, 2018

Morgan County man admits to firearms charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Matthew Dean Smith, of Great Cacapon, West Virginia, has admitted to a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Smith, age 39, pled guilty to one count of “Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.” Smith admitted to possessing an unregistered silencer. The crime took place in Berkeley County in October 2017.

Smith faces 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 Lara K. Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police investigated. 
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Firearms Offenses
Updated January 29, 2018