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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Preston County man indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A Bruceton Mills, West Virginia man has been indicted for possessing a firearm illegally, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

Michael Dee Cline, age 59, was indicted today by a federal grand jury for one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.”  Cline, who was previously convicted of a felony in Tennessee, was allegedly found in possession of 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 is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office investigated.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Firearms Offenses
Updated February 7, 2017