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Martinsburg man pleads guilty to felony firearms charge

January 30, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 52-year-old Martinsburg man faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced Monday.

Kevin Hairston pleaded guilty to the felony charge on Thursday, joining at least three prior felony convictions for crimes, including voluntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery, according to a news release from Ihlenfeld.

The most recent conviction stems from Hairston’s possession of a P-32 caliber semi-automatic pistol and three rounds of ammunition on Nov. 1, 2011, according to the release.

In addition to the prison time, Hairston faces a maximum fine of $250,000 as an “armed career criminal.”

In addition to Hairston’s case, Ihlenfeld’s office announced the following individuals also entered pleas in federal court in Martinsburg last week:

• Terry Lee Condrey, 39, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Burke Street Elementary School on April 15, 2011. Condrey faces up to 60 years in prison and a maximum $4 million fine due to the school-related charge and two prior felony convictions, according to Ihlenfeld’s office.

• Joseph Grant Barnhart, 33, of Hedgesville, W.Va., pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin on March 21, 2011. 

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Barnhart faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

• Albert Johnson, 35, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of crack cocaine on Feb. 5, 2008, in Martinsburg.

Johnson faces the same prison term and penalty as Barnhart, according to Ihlenfeld’s office.

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