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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Charleston felon pleads guilty to illegally possessing handgun

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Travis Leonard Sumpter, 38, of Charleston, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. On December 4, 2014, members of the Charleston Police Department found Sumpter to be in possession of a Cobra Enterprises .38 Special derringer. Sumpter was prohibited from possessing a firearm by virtue of a 2007 felony conviction in Kanawha County Circuit Court for wanton endangerment involving a firearm.

Sumpter faces up to ten years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on October 7, 2015, by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

This case was investigated by the Charleston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated July 7, 2015