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July 08, 2006

W.Va. man sentenced for possessing firearm



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man was sentenced this week to 76 months in prison for possessing a firearm, according to a press release from acting U.S. Attorney Rita R. Valdrini.

Robert Householder, 60, of 182 Misty Lane, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge W. Craig Broadwater, according to the release.

Householder entered a guilty plea to a one-count indictment that alleged he violated the firearms possession law for convicted felons in January 2005, according to the release. After serving the prison sentence, Householder will be placed on supervised release for three years, according to the release.

The case was prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and investigated by West Virginia State Police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Man pleads guilty to weapons charge



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to a weapons charge, according to a press release from acting U.S. Attorney Rita R. Valdrini.

Darien Bell, 20, of 48 Foxcroft Circle, pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment charging him with aiding and abetting the purchase of two pistols on Aug. 24, 2005, according to the release.

The pistols were purchased from Famous Pawn in Ranson. At the time they were purchased, Bell was underage and gave money to someone else to make the purchase for him, according to the release.

Bell was free on bond pending sentencing, and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the release.

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