Huntington Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Gun Crime

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington man was sentenced to three years and one month in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement officers were conducting surveillance on a residence on Norway Avenue in Huntington as part of a shooting investigation on July 7, 2021. Officers observed a vehicle believed to have been involved in a shooting and subsequently performed a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was identified as Jabar Markeith Sellers, 32, and a firearm was found in plain view in the driver’s door panel.

Federal law prohibits a person with a prior felony conviction from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Sellers was aware he was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of felony convictions in Franklin County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas for aggravated assault in June 2011 and possession of heroin in November 2016.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, and the Huntington Police Department.

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Ryan A. Keefe prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:21-cr-120.

 

 

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