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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Mingo County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Mingo County man pled guilty to a federal firearms charge, said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Jay James Fields, 36, pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Marshals Service. 

On November 3, 2017, Logan County 911 Dispatch received a call regarding two suspicious individuals who left a known drug house.  A Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy proceeded to the area, and identified the two individuals described by 911.  The Deputy tried to speak to Fields who fled on foot with a gun in his hand.  The Deputy retrieved the gun after Fields discarded it during the chase.    A Deputy United States Marshal was able to apprehend Fields. 

Fields faces up to 10 years in prison on the charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Senior United States Senior District Judge David A. Faber presided over the plea hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Chris Arthur is handling the prosecution.  

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is 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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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 3, 2019