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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 28, 2016

Ohio man pleads guilty to federal gun crime

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – An Ohio man pled guilty today in the United States District Court in Huntington to a federal firearm charge, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto.  Stephen W. Whitt, age 30, of Scottown, pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  On June 21, 2014, Whitt pawned a Marlin Model 60, .22 caliber rifle at Tri-State Pawn and Jewelry, located on 29th Street in Huntington in exchange for 50.00.  On June 22 and June 30, 2014, Whitt also pawned three other rifles at Tri-State Pawn and Jewelry – a Marlin Model .30-30 rifle, a Glenfield Model 60 .22 rifle, and an Old Colony single shot 12-gauge shotgun.

 

Prior to pawning the firearms, Whitt had been convicted of two counts of entering without breaking in the Circuit Court of Cabell County and was prohibited from possessing firearms. United States District Court Chief Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the plea hearing.  Whitt faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on March 13, 2017. 

Updated November 28, 2016