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Charleston felon sentenced on Federal gun charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto announced that a Charleston man was sentenced in federal court to a year and three months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Travis Leonard Sumpter, 39, previously pleaded guilty to the federal gun charge in July of 2015. 

Sumpter admitted that on December 4, 2014, officers with the Charleston Police Department found Sumpter in possession of a loaded Cobra Enterprises .38 Special Derringer while he was in front of the Park Place Bar on Central Avenue in Charleston. Sumpter was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because of a 2007 felony conviction in Kanawha County Circuit Court for wanton endangerment involving a firearm.

The Charleston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess handled the prosecution. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

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 that target gun crime.

Updated January 6, 2016

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