Martinsburg man indicted on firearms charge

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MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Travis Jackson Latta, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was indicted today on a firearms charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Latta, 34, is charged with one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Latta, a person prohibited from having a firearm because of a felony conviction, is accused of having a 9mm pistol in May 2020 in Berkeley County.

Latta is facing up to 10 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.

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

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.