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Cross Lanes felon pleads guilty to federal gun crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Cross Lanes man pleaded guilty today to a federal gun charge, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Fred Wallace Hammon, Jr., 36, entered his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Hammon admitted that on September 1, 2016, he possessed Remington, Model 742 Woodsmaster, .30-06 caliber rifle. Hammon was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because of felony convictions in Kanawha County Circuit Court in 2000 for two counts of aggravated robbery and in 2011 for wanton endangerment, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possessing a firearm on the grounds of an educational facility.

Hammon faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on July 13, 2017.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Clint Carte is responsible for the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

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 April 17, 2017

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