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Felon sentenced for concealing illegal firearm

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Reginald Bennett, 41, of Cedar Grove, West Virginia, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

In August 2014, Bennett pleaded guilty to unlawful concealment of a firearm. He was stopped by the Charleston Police Department for a traffic offense Sept. 12, 2013, during which he was found to be in possession of a .38-caliber Colt revolver. Bennett was prohibited from possessing firearms due to multiple felony convictions in Baltimore.

After being charged with felony possession of the revolver, Bennett moved a Ruger M77 rifle from his home to hide it at another location in South Charleston. It was Bennett’s intent to keep federal authorities from locating the rifle, which was ultimately located and recovered when agents executed a federal search warrant in South Charleston.

Bennett agreed to forfeit both firearms.

United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston imposed the sentence.

The case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Charleston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes handled the prosecution.


Updated January 8, 2016