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

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Boone County felon sentenced to Federal prison for gun crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Boone County man was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for a gun crime, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Blain Salmons, Jr., 40, of Alum Creek, previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.   

Salmons admitted that on October 29, 2015, he was arrested by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. At the time of his arrest, it was determined that Salmons had been hunting out of season and he was found to be in possession of a Glenfield Model 30A, .30-30 rifle. Salmons was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because of felony convictions from 1997 in Kanawha County Circuit Court for kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston imposed the sentence.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 19, 2016