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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Randolph County man sentenced for unlawful possession of a firearm

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Eric Joseph Wilson, Jr., of Coalton, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 months incarceration for illegally possessing a firearm, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Wilson, age 31, admitted to illegally possessing a .32 caliber revolver in May 2016. He pled guilty to “Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Drug Addict” in January 2017.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. 

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided. 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 2, 2018