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Huntington Man on Parole Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearm

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A Huntington man, Zachary Whitmore, 28, pled guilty today for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.

On November 1, 2018, a Trooper with the West Virginia State Police assisted West Virginia Division of Corrections Probation and Parole with locating a parolee.  Whitmore was found walking on a street in Huntington.  Officers found a 22 Magnum American Arms Revolver in his pocket.  Whitmore was prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law because of a 2015 felony conviction for Entering without Breaking and Conspiracy in Cabell County, West Virginia.

Whitmore faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 25, 2019.

The West Virginia State Police and the West Virginia Division of Corrections Probation and Parole conducted the investigation.  United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the plea hearing.  Stephanie S. Taylor prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, 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 12, 2019

Topics
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods