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Clay County man pleads guilty in Federal court to illegally possessing handgun

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Lloyd Ellis Rapp, 44, of Ivydale, West Virginia, entered a guilty plea in federal court in Charleston to being a felon in possession of a firearm. On June 15, 2015, Rapp was fleeing from the West Virginia State Police on his motorcycle. The pursuit ended with Rapp wrecking his motorcycle and being arrested. After the wreck, the West Virginia State Police found that Rapp was 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.

Rapp faces up to ten years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on February 16, 2016.

This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is in charge of the prosecution.

The prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by working with existing local programs that target gun crime.

Updated November 13, 2015

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