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

Monday, November 7, 2016

Boone County man pleads guilty to federal gun crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Boone County man pleaded guilty today to a federal gun crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Gregory Scott Runion, 33, of Seth, entered his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Runion admitted that on March 25, 2016, he sold a KBI SKS-45 rifle to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The deal took place in Seth in Boone County. Runion was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because of a 2009 felony gun possession conviction in Monroe, Michigan.

Runion faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on February 2, 2017.

The U.S. Route 119 Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

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.

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Updated November 7, 2016