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

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cabell County Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Firearm Possession

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Cabell County man pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal firearm possession.  Kenneth Richard Nance, 43, of Huntington, W.Va., pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a person subject to a domestic violence protection order.  Nance admitted that on December 7, 2011, he possessed a Raven .25-caliber pistol. 

At the time of the firearm possession, Nance was subject to a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) issued by the Family Court of Cabell County, West Virginia. Nance admitted that he knew the DVPO was in effect at the time he possessed the firearm on December 7, 2011.  The defendant further admitted that he knew it was illegal to possess a firearm or ammunition while the DVPO was in effect.   

Nance faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on June 3, 2013 by United States District Chief Judge Robert C. Chambers.   

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, the ATF, and the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Johnston is in charge of the prosecution. 

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.

Updated January 7, 2015