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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Career Criminal Sentenced for Illegally Possession Firearms

Abingdon, VIRGINIA – Billy Wayne Page, a convicted felon currently on federal supervised release for a previous federal conviction, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Abingdon to 81 months for illegally possessing firearms and violating the terms of his supervised release. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen made the announcement following Page’s sentencing hearing today.

Page, 42, of Pound, Va., was convicted in June 2019 on one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. In addition, the court found today he violated the terms of his supervised release stemming from a 2013 federal conviction for illegally possessing firearms.

“Unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is a serious federal crime and one that this office has made a priority,” U.S. Attorney Cullen stated today.  “We will continue to work closely with our federal, state, and local partners to identify potential cases and send offenders to federal prison.”

Court documents entered into the record prior to Page’s hearing recount the defendant’s lengthy criminal history dating back to the mid 1990s. Documents show convictions for stealing guns and valuables, vehicle theft, probation violations, breaking and entering at both a local high school and two local businesses, and drug possession.  Page also admitted to witness tampering. In 2003, he was convicted as an armed career criminal for his illegal possession of firearms.

The investigation of the case was conducted by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Pound, Virginia Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Cagle Juhan prosecuted the case for the United States.

 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated September 5, 2019