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Florida Felon Sentenced to Prison for Federal Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Keystone Heights, Florida, man was sentenced yesterday to 50 months for a federal gun charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Derrick Shane McCullough, 28, previously pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Stuart applauded the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Charleston Police Department.

“We are aggressively enforcing laws aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “The penalties for ignoring federal gun laws are significant.”

On July 16, 2016, an officer with the Charleston Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia.  The defendant was a passenger in the vehicle.   The defendant admitted to bringing a gun in the car, and officers found a sawed-off shotgun under his seat. McCullough was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because of felony convictions, including a 2013 conviction for grand theft in Florida. 

Assistant United States Attorney Gabriele Wohl is responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.


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Updated May 11, 2018

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