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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 10, 2016

Two plead guilty to unlawful possession of firearms

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two individuals pled guilty to unlawful possession of firearms today in federal court in Martinsburg, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.
 
Dione Aliquan Taylor, 29, of Martinsburg, who has pervious felony convictions in state court in New Jersey, was discovered in unlawful possession of a .45 caliber pistol in December 2015 in Jefferson County, West Virginia. He was previously convicted of the felony offenses of “Conspiracy to Violate Narcotics Laws,” “Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS on School Property,” and “Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS on School Property” in the Superior Court of Essex County, New Jersey. Taylor pled guilty today to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Thomas James King, 26, of Clarksburg, Maryland, who has previous felony convictions in federal court in West Virginia and state court in Maryland, was discovered in unlawful possession of a 9mm pistol in Berkeley County, West Virginia. He was previously convicted of the felony offenses of “Conspiracy to Commit Robbery” in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, and “Felon in Possession of a Firearm” in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. King pled guilty today to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” He faces up to 10 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 defendants.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Adkins prosecuted Taylor and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti prosecuted King on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated June 10, 2016