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Pocahontas County man guilty of illegal possession of a firearm

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Archie Ray Arbogast, of Dunmore, West Virginia, was convicted for illegally possessing a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Arbogast, 40, having previously been convicted of the felony offense “Possession of Material Use in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine” in federal court in the Northern District of West Virginia, admitted to possession of a .22 caliber rifle, in Pendleton County, West Virginia in May 2016.

Arbogast pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of Firearm.” He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 for each 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 Stephen D. Warner is handling the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, and the West Virginia State Police is investigating.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated April 12, 2017

Firearms Offenses