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Washington, D.C. man sentenced for firearms charges

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Roger Anthony Williams, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 84 months incarceration for firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Williams, age 38, pled guilty to two counts of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” in January 2019. Williams, having previously been convicted of second-degree murder in Prince George’s County, Maryland, admitted to having a 9mm pistol in October 2017 in Berkeley County. He also admitted to having .45 caliber pistol and .45 caliber ammunition in September 2018 in the District of Columbia.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

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

Updated May 6, 2019

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