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Press Release

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 to a federal gun crime. 

According to statements made in court, Emmanuel Lamont Covington, 30, pawned a stolen derringer pistol at a local pawn shop. Covington admitted to possessing the firearm and pawning it to pay bills, and also admitted to knowing that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm as a result of having a prior felony conviction. Covington was convicted of a felony drug conspiracy in 2016.

Morris pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on February 17, 2022.

United States Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Charleston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Assistant United States Attorney Julie M. White is handling the prosecution.

United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the hearing. 

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:21-cr-00128.




Updated October 29, 2021

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