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Wheeling man convicted of illegal possession of a firearm

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A Wheeling, West Virginia man was convicted today of illegally possessing a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Christopher Louis Park, age 45, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Park, who had previously been convicted of possession and distribution of cocaine in federal court in April 1999, admitted to possessing a .9mm caliber pistol. The crime occurred in Wheeling in January 2017.

Park faces up to ten years incarceration and a $250,000 fine. 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 Randolph J. Bernard prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.


Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided.

Updated May 25, 2017

Firearms Offenses