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North Carolina man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of firearm

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Russell Cary Owens, 51, of Thomasville, North Carolina, pled guilty to illegally possessing a firearm in federal court, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Owens, who was previously convicted of a felony in Texas, was discovered in possession of over ten firearms in Monongalia County, West Virginia, in June of this year.  He pled guilty to one count of “Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm,” and he now 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 Traci M. Cook 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 November 3, 2016

Firearms Offenses