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Ohio County man pleads guilty to illegal possession of firearms

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Mark A. Simmons, 46, of Wheeling Island, West Virginia, was convicted of illegally possessing firearms, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

Simmons, who had previously been convicted of the felony offense of “Failure to Register or Provide Notice of Registration” in Marshall County, admitted to possessing a Beretta pistol in Ohio County in November 2016. Simmons faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of $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 Stephen L. Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Wheeling Police Department investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided.

Updated January 17, 2017

Firearms Offenses