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Ohio woman pleads guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and assaulting a U.S. Marshal

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Peggy Chaffin, 37, of Portsmouth, Ohio, pled guilty to illegally possessing a gun and using said gun to obstruct a Deputy U. S. Marshal, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.


Chaffin admitted being a felon in possession of a .22 caliber rifle. She was previously convicted of felony heroin possession and distribution in the Eastern District of Kentucky in August 2013. Chaffin also admitted to using that gun to obstruct, assault, and resist a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Orlando, West Virginia, in November 2015.

Chaffin pled guilty to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” She faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the first count. Chaffin also pled guilty to one count of “Assaulting, Obstructing, or Resisting a Federal Officer.” She faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the second count. 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 David J. Perri prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The United States Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the West Virginia State Police, and the Braxton County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated February 13, 2017

Firearms Offenses