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Dunbar Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Firearm Offense

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Dunbar man was sentenced today after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Kenneth Stover, 43, was sentenced to 34 months in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).

On August 31, 2017 detectives from MDENT searched Stover’s 18th Street residence in Dunbar as a result of citizen complaints of drug activity.  The officers seized two firearms hidden underneath the comforter in Stover’s bedroom.  Stover was prohibited from possessing the firearms due to a 2004 felony conviction in Putnam County of conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks handled the prosecution.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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Updated August 5, 2019

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