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New York man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Tyler M. Purvis-Mitchell, 22, of Albany, New York, pled guilty to unlawfully possessing a firearm in federal court today, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Purvis-Mitchell pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Provide a False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm.” He admitted to selecting a firearm from Cashland II Pawn Shop and coordinating to have another individual purchase the firearm for him. That individual falsely represented that she was the actual buyer of the firearm and used money from Purvis-Mitchell to buy the firearm.

He faces up to ten years in prison 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 Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated July 29, 2016