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Charleston felon sentenced for Federal gun crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced today in federal court to a year and six months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. John Stanley Ford, 25, previously pleaded guilty to the federal gun crime in October of 2015.

Ford admitted that on February 26, 2014, he possessed a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol that he threw in the bushes when officers with the Charleston Police Department approached him. The West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory tested the firearm and found Ford’s DNA on the gun. Ford was prohibited under federal law from possessing any firearm because of a 2011 felony conviction in Kanawha County Circuit Court for wanton endangerment. 

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Charleston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn 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 targeting gun crime.

Updated January 12, 2016

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