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North Carolina man admits to firearm charge

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jared Tyrone Cooke, of Charlotte, North Carolina, has admitted to using a firearm during a crime of violence, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Cooke, age 24, pled guilty to one count of “Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence.” He admitted to brandishing a 12-gauge shotgun during a robbery in January 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Cooke faces not less than seven 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 Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, and the Morgantown Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated April 12, 2018

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