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Preston County man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Scott Alan Thomas, 53, of Masontown, West Virginia, pled guilty to unlawfully possessing a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Thomas, who had previously been convicted of felony offenses in Ohio and Florida, was discovered in possession of a .22 caliber revolver in December 2015. He pled guilty to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.”

He 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 Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the West Virginia State Police, and the Masontown Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated September 23, 2016