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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Federal Grand Jury Indicts North Carolina Man For Discharging A Handgun Near J.e. Robbins Elementary School

Charleston, W.Va. – A 20-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Charleston.  According to the three-count indictment, on March 25, 2014, Aric Adams, Jr. is alleged to have possessed and discharged a handgun within 1000 feet of J.E. Robins Elementary School, on Charleston’s West Side.  The indictment further alleges that Adams was prohibited from possessing the handgun because he is an unlawful user of a controlled substance.  Adams allegedly discharged eight rounds from the handgun within 1000 feet of J.E. Robins school shortly after students were released at the end of the school day.  Adams was arrested on April 4, 2014 on a federal criminal complaint and is detained without bond pending trial. 

If convicted, Adams faces up to 20 years imprisonment and up to $750,000.00 in fines.

The investigation was conducted by the Charleston Police Department. 

Note:  The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

Updated January 7, 2015