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2 Martinsburg residents plead guilty to firearms charges

May 16, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg residents entered guilty pleas last week in separate cases in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

· Melissa Ann Morrow, 23, pleaded guilty May 8 to one count of making false statements in the acquisition of two firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer on Dec. 16, 2006, U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter said.

Morrow, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, Potter said.

· Jonathan Lee Smith, 24, pleaded guilty May 9 to one count of being a drug user in possession of firearms on Feb. 16, 2007, Potter said.

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Smith, who is free on bond pending sentencing, also faces a maximum exposure of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, Potter said.

Both cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

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