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

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Dunbar Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearms Charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Dunbar man who illegally possessed a firearm on November 30, 2012, pleaded guilty today to a federal firearms charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Blaine Jerome Ivery, 32, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston to being a felon in possession of a firearm. At approximately 3 a.m. on November 30, 2012, members of the Charleston Police Department were parked outside of the Impulse night club on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston when they heard what they believed to be a gunshot.  Officers then watched Ivery run a red traffic light in a car near the area where the gunfire sounded.  When officers stopped the car, Ivery tossed a loaded Hi-Point 9mm semiautomatic from the passenger side of the car onto the sidewalk.  Ivery was alone in the car. A spent 9 mm shell casing was also recovered from inside the vehicle.

Ivery had previously been convicted in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia, in 2010 of wanton endangerment with a firearm.  He faces up to ten years in federal prison when he is sentence on February 18, 2015.  The Charleston Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorneys Haley Bunn and Jennifer Rada Herrald are in charge of the prosecution.

The case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a commitment of U.S. Attorney Goodwin’s office and other officials nationwide to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

Updated January 7, 2015