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Charleston man pleads guilty to Federal gun crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Derrick Lamb, 24, entered his guilty plea in federal court to the gun crime.

Lamb admitted that on April 13, 2015, he was in possession of a .38 caliber revolver. Lamb is prohibited from possessing any firearm because of a 2012 felony conviction in Kanawha County Circuit Court of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Lamb faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on April 21, 2016.

The investigation was conducted by the Charleston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney John J. Frail is in charge of the prosecution. The hearing was held before 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 21, 2016

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