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Ohio woman sentenced for 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, 38, of Portsmouth, Ohio, was sentenced today to 112 months incarceration for 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” and one count of “Assaulting, Obstructing, or Resisting a Federal Officer” in February 2017.  

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. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided. 

Updated August 31, 2017

Firearms Offenses