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

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

California Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crimes

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – A California man pled guilty today to a federal gun charges, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Tiero D. Wash, 23, entered his guilty pleas to being a felon in possession of firearms on two separate dates.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Mercer County Home Confinement Office, and the Bluefield City Police Department.

It was established at the plea hearing that Wash illegally possessed firearms on two separate dates while on home confinement in Mercer County on unrelated state charges.   On December 5, 2017, Mercer County Home Confinement Officers and Bluefield City Police Officers searched Wash’s residence as a condition of his home confinement.  During the search, officers located three different firearms.  On January 1, 2018, officers again searched Wash’s residence as a condition of his home confinement.  During the second search, officers located another firearm.  Wash was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because he was previously convicted of the felony offense of Transporting Marijuana in the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento in 2017.

Wash faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on August 7, 2019.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is responsible for the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) 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.


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Updated April 2, 2019