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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 3, 2014

Two Convicted Felons Sentenced For Unlawful Possession Of Firearms


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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two West Virginia men with prior felony convictions were sentenced for unlawful possession of firearms, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Shaye Christopher Cole, 27, of Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Felon in Possession of Firearm” after he was discovered with a .22 caliber rifle. He was convicted in 2008 of the felony offense of “Possession of Burglary Tools” in the Circuit Court of Frederick County, Virginia.

Jason Tyler Bland, 35, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, was sentenced to 37 months in prison. He pled guilty in June 2014 to one count of “Felon in Possession of Firearm” after he was discovered with a 9mm pistol. He was convicted in 2006 of the felony offenses of “Manufacture of a Controlled Substance: Marijuana” and “Delivery of a Controlled Substance: Heroin” in the Circuit Court of Morgan County, West Virginia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod Douglas prosecuted Cole on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti prosecuted Bland on behalf of the government. The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the West Virginia Division of Probation and Parole investigated.

U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated January 7, 2015