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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Tucker County man sentenced to more than seven years for illegal firearms charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Christopher S. Earnest, of Parsons, West Virginia, was sentenced this week to 87 months incarceration for firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Earnest, age 35, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm,” and one count  of “Possession of an Unlawful Firearm” in December 2017. Earnest admitted to possessing two stolen firearms. Earnest, having previously been convicted of distributing methamphetamines in United States District Court in the Northern District of West Virginia,  admitted to possessing a 12-gauge shotgun with a shortened barrel. The crime occurred in June 2017 in Randolph County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci M. Cook 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
Updated March 1, 2018