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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Monday, March 23, 2015

Convicted felon pleads guilty to unlawfully possessing a firearm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a convicted felon from the Washington, D.C. area pleaded guilty today in federal court in Charleston to unlawfully possessing a firearm.  Sean Anthony Nalle, 30, of Washington, D.C.  entered a guilty plea to pawning a semiautomatic pistol at Carl’s Pawn Shop on Dudley Avenue in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  Nalle was prohibited from possessing the firearm because of prior federal drug trafficking convictions in the District of Columbia in 2006 and 2009.

Nalle faces up to ten years in federal prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 23, 2015.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Parkersburg Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.

The case is 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 March 23, 2015