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Clay County felon sentenced to over eight years in prison for Federal gun crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Clay County man was sentenced today to eight years and four months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Lloyd Ellis Rapp, 44, of Duck, previously pleaded guilty in November 2015 to the federal gun crime.

Rapp admitted that on June 15, 2015, he was fleeing on his motorcycle from the West Virginia State Police. The high-speed chase ended with Rapp wrecking his motorcycle. After the wreck, he was arrested and law enforcement found Rapp in possession of a Hi-Point Model C-9, 9mm semiautomatic handgun. Rapp was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because of a 2008 felony conviction in United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, for distribution of methamphetamine.

The West Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess handled the prosecution. The sentence was imposed by 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 that target gun crime.

Updated February 17, 2016

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