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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Monday, October 28, 2013

Michigan Felon Pleads Guilty To Illegal Firearm Possession Charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A 23-year-old Michigan felon faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearm possession charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Deandrew Fizer III, of Romulus, Mich., pleaded guilty today before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington.  On June 7, 2013, officers with the Huntington Police Department responded to a burglary in progress call on Sycamore Street in Huntington.  Police entered the residence and found Fizer in a bedroom with a .45 caliber pistol lying within his reach.  Fizer, who was arrested, waived his Miranda rights and told police that he had possessed the firearm for approximately a week.

Fizer was previously convicted of felonious assault in June 2010 in the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Wayne County in Michigan.  He did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.
Fizer is scheduled to be sentenced on February 3, 2014. 

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Huntington Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams 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