Upshur County man admits to carjacking and firearms charges

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ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Chad C. Newcome, of Rock Cave, West Virginia, has admitted to carjacking and firearms charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced.

Newcome, 40, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Carjacking” and one count of “Use of Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.” Newcome admitted to attempting to steal a 2018 Dodge Ram Truck on March 10, 2021 in Upshur County. Newcome used a 12-gauge shotgun during the carjacking.

Newcome faces up to 15 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the carjacking charge and at least seven years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the use of a firearm charge. 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher L. Bauer is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the West Virginia State Police, and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.


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