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Press Release

Roane County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Foster Allen Ray, 71, of Gandeeville pleaded guilty today to a federal gun crime. 

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 9, 2020, Ray shot a loaded Savage Model 99 300 caliber level action rifle at two individuals in a vehicle stopped near his residence in Gandeeville, West Virginia.  Ray is prohibited from possessing firearms due to previous felony convictions in Roane County Circuit Court for unlawful assault and child abuse by a custodian resulting in injury.

Ray pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on September 23, 2021.

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigation work of the West Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Negar M. Kordestani is handling the prosecution.

United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the hearing. 

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. 2:21-cr-00024.




Updated June 10, 2021

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