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Feds charge four in firearms cases

August 01, 2000

Feds charge four in firearms cases



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Several indictments were returned this week in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Four Eastern Panhandle residents were named in separate indictments, U.S. District Attorney Melvin W. Kahle Jr. said. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine in connection with each charge.

Donald Wayne Hamm, 33, of 214 Cottage Rd., Martinsburg, was named in a four-count indictment. The indictment charges Hamm gave false statements to federally licensed firearms dealers on Nov. 20, 1998, and, on March 4, 1999.

Hamm is also charged with possessing firearms on Nov. 20, 1998, and March 18, 1999, despite being previously convicted. The allegations state the firearms had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

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Also, Robbie Leonard Way, 20, of 308 Half St., Martinsburg, W.Va., was named in a three-count indictment, Kahle said. Way is charged with making a sawed-off shotgun on May 17, 1999, in violation of federal law. Way is charged with possessing that shotgun and not registering it in the other two counts.

Ronald Massenburg Jr., 30, of 12 W. Moler Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va., is charged with three counts: giving a false statement to a firearms dealer on Oct. 15, 1998, and two counts of possessing a firearm despite being previously convicted.

In a separate indictment, Samuel Earl Palmer, 35, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., is charged with one count of firearm possession on Oct. 17, 1999, despite being convicted of domestic violence.

In other U.S. District Court cases:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Donna Gayleard, 37, of Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement. Gayleard is charged with embezzling four conservator accounts into which Social Security Administration funds had been deposited. She is charged with embezzling $9,968.40 from the fund while being employed by Aurora Foundation, Inc. Gayleard is free on bond pending sentencing at 10 a.m., Oct. 23 before U.S. District Judge W. Craig Broadwater. Gayleard's charge also carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Jeffrey L. Robinson, 41, of Falling Waters, W.Va., pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm on Jan. 16, 2000, despite being a convicted felon. Robinson has been remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing. Robinson will be sentenced under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act, Kahle said. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 15 years in federal prison - up to life imprisonment - and a $250,000 fine.

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