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Charleston man pleads guilty to illegal possession of a firearm

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

Charleston, WV  – A Charleston man pleaded guilty today to illegally possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. John Stanley Ford, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston.

Ford admitted that on February 26, 2014, he possessed a firearm that he threw in the bushes when he was approached by Charleston Police Department officers. Ford was previously convicted of Wanton Endangerment in Kanawha County Circuit Court, and his rights to possess a firearm had not been restored.  Ford faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 12, 2016.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Charleston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn is in charge of the prosecution.

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 October 14, 2015