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

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marcus Smith, 46, from Charleston, West Virginia, pled guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. The case was investigated by the Hurricane Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

On August 29, 2017, a Hurricane Police Officer conducted a traffic stop in Hurricane.  Smith was a passenger in the vehicle.  Officers located a loaded firearm under his seat.  Smith was prohibited from possessing the firearm under federal law because of a multiple prior felony convictions.

Smith faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 15, 2019.

The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Taylor handled the prosecution of the case.

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