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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tennessee felon pleads guilty to federal gun crime

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Tennessee felon pleaded guilty today to a federal gun charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Marvin Dunigan, 46, of Johnson City, entered his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the investigation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Beckley Police Department.


Dunigan admitted that on August 16, 2016, he possessed a Cobra Model C32, .32 caliber firearm in Beckley. Dunigan was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because of a 2010 conviction in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee for being a felon in possession of a firearm.


Dunigan faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on May 2, 2018.


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


This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking with existing local programs targeting gun crime.


Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated January 18, 2018