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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of West Virginia

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lincoln County Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Unregistered Sawed Off Shotgun

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Hamlin, West Virginia man pled guilty to being in possession of a sawed off shotgun that was not registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Jeffery Turley admitted that on March 17, 2018, he was in possession of a sawed off shotgun that was not registered.

Turley faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on November 30, 2019.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Berger presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Christopher R. Arthur is handling the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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