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Huntington Felon Pleads Guilty To Illegal Firearm Possession Charge

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington felon faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearm possession charge, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today.  Jerry T. Kinney, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  On September 5, 2013, Kinney illegally possessed a .45 caliber pistol near Huntington. 

Kinney was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance in November 2002 in the Third Judicial Circuit Court in Detroit, Michigan.  Kinney also was previously convicted of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person in October 2010 in the Circuit Court of Cabell County, West Virginia.  He did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.

Kinney is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14, 2014 by Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.   

The investigation was conducted by the Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey is in charge of the prosecution. 

The case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

Updated January 7, 2015