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Wayne County Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Ammunition While Being a Prohibited Person

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Steven Ferguson, 40, of Wayne County, was sentenced today to nine months in prison for being a prohibited person while possessing ammunition, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.

“If you want to own a firearm, you need to know the rules,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “If you’re prohibited, you’re prohibited from firearms and ammo. It’s pretty simple. And if we catch you in violation of the law, we’re going to prosecute you.”

On February 2, 2018, a Huntington Police Officer on patrol observed a black Dodge truck stuck in the mud in Rotary Park in Huntington.  The officer observed two occupants in the vehicle.  After observing and securing a large machete and a hunting knife, Ferguson told the officer a bag contained ammunition.  Ferguson was prohibited from possessing the ammunition under federal law because of a 2012 misdemeanor domestic battery 2nd offense conviction in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Taylor handled the prosecution of the case.


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Updated July 31, 2019

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