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Ohio County man sentenced for firearms charge

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Michael Shawndale Davis, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 24 months incarceration for a firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Davis, age 36, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” in January 2020. Davis, having been convicted of two prior felonies and prohibited from having firearms, admitted to having a .45 caliber revolver in October 2019 in Ohio County. 

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 David J. Perri prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wheeling Police Department investigated.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated June 24, 2020

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