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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Bill Powell
, United States Attorney
Contact: Stacy Bishop

Wheeling Man Sentenced for Firearms Violation

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Eban Joseph Keith Beyah, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 51 months incarceration for unlawful possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Beyah, age 45, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” in February 2018. Beyah, having previously been convicted of burglary and several drug-related charges in Commons Pleas Court in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, admitted to possessing a 9mm pistol in Ohio County on June 2017. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wheeling Police Department investigated. 

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Field Division: Louisville Field Division