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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of West Virginia
William J. Ihlenfeld, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 9, 2024

Marion County Woman Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Rachel Sara Hardesty, age 39, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for the unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, West Virginia Parole officers were conducting a home visit for Hardesty, who was on parole supervision. A .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol was found during a search. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were also found. Hardesty is prohibited from having firearms because of prior felony convictions.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Flower prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.


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