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Martinsville Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

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

DANVILLE, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced that Kelly Johnson pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Danville to a federal gun charge.

Kelly Lovon Johnson, 29, of Martinsville, Va. pled guilty today to one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.  

“Keeping firearms out of the hands of individuals who have lost their legal right to possess a weapon is paramount to improving community safety,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today.

According to evidence presented at trial by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Bassford, Johnson, who is a previously convicted felon, was found to be illegally in possession of a firearm while also in possession of marijuana.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Martinsville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Bassford prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated February 19, 2016

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