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

Monday, April 8, 2019

Ohio County man indicted on firearms charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Xavier C. Coyle, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was arraigned today on a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Coyle, age 29, was indicted by a federal grand sitting in Wheeling on April 2, 2019 on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Coyle, having previously been convicted of a felony, is accused of having 9mm pistol in December 2019 in Marshall County.

Coyle 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.

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 Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Marshall County Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Mazzone presided.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 8, 2019