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Charleston felon sentenced to federal prison for gun crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced to federal prison today for a gun charge, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Jermain Santell Hill, 38, previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. In today’s hearing, he was sentenced to three years and a month in federal prison for that offense. He was also sentenced to an additional eight months in prison for violating his federal supervised release. The sentences will be served consecutively.

In the early morning hours of October 15, 2016, in Charleston, officers with the Charleston Police Department were conducting a traffic stop when they heard a nearby gunshot. As officers ran towards the sound of the gunshot, one of the officers observed Hill leaving the area. The officer pursued Hill to a location behind a residence on Main Street and saw Hill drop an object. After Hill was detained, officers checked that location and recovered a loaded Kel-Tec .380 caliber pistol. Hill was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because of a 2015 conviction in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia for possession with intent to distribute crack.

The Charleston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald is responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., imposed the sentence.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by working with existing local programs that target gun crime.

Updated September 7, 2017

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