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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Parkersburg Drug Felon Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing 26 Firearms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man, previously convicted of manufacturing a controlled substance pleaded guilty today to a federal gun crime, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Alan Keith Philpott,  46, pleaded guilty to possessing 26 firearms in spite of his status as a convicted felon. Philpott offered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

On November 1, 2012 and March 21, 2003 police executed search warrants at Philpott’s residence on Elm Tree Drive near Parkersburg.  During the first search, police seized approximately 22 firearms.  During the second search warrant, police seized an additional four firearms.  Philpott had been previously convicted in December of 2006 in the Circuit Court of Wood County of the felony offense of manufacturing a controlled substance.

Philpott faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on May 15, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

The West Virginia State Police, Parkersburg Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated January 7, 2015