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Preston County man guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A Bruceton Mills, West Virginia man was convicted today of possessing a firearm illegally, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Michael Dee Cline, age 59, pled guilty to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” Cline, who was previously convicted of a felony in Tennessee, admitted to having a .45 caliber pistol in March 2016.

Cline faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $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 David J. Perri prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

Updated May 12, 2017

Firearms Offenses