Dunbar Man Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Dunbar man pled guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Kenneth Stover, 43, entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
On August 31, 2017 detectives from MDENT searched Stover’s 18th Street residence in Dunbar as a result of citizen complaints of drug activity where they recovered two firearms from Stover’s bedroom. Stover was prohibited from possessing the firearms as a result of having been convicted of conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug laboratory in Putnam County in 2004.
Stover faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on July 24, 2019. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks is responsible for the prosecution.
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