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Press Release

Huntington Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crime

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Quintez Robert Kilgore, also known as “Cortez Robert Jackson,” 28, of Huntington, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 6, 2023, law enforcement officers encountered Kilgore on the 200 block of Olive Street in Huntington while searching for a fugitive. Kilgore admitted that he possessed a Glock Model 33 .357-caliber pistol that he placed underneath a nearby vehicle to conceal it as the officers approached him. The officers saw Kilgore’s attempt to hide the firearm and seized it. Kilgore admitted that he also possessed 12.64 grams of cocaine base, also known as “crack,” and 9.78 grams of fentanyl that the officers found and seized. Kilgore further admitted that he intended to distribute the seized controlled substances.

Federal law prohibits a person with a prior felony conviction from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Kilgore knew he was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of his prior felony convictions for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in Cabell County Circuit Court on October 12, 2017, and being a person prohibited from possessing firearms in Wayne County Circuit Court on January 8, 2020.

Kilgore is scheduled to be sentenced on September 3, 2024, and faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is prosecuting the case.

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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:24-cr-6. 



Updated May 21, 2024

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