Martinsburg man admits to firearm charge


MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Marquis Hicks, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, has admitted to his role in a conspiracy involving the illegal purchase and transportation of firearms, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Hicks, age 30, pleaded guilty to one count of “Conspiracy.” Hicks admitted to working with another individual to purchase, possess, and transfer firearms to an out of state resident, in March 2020.

Hicks faces up to five years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

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