NITRO MAN SENTENCED Kanawha County Felon Sentenced For Possessing Firearm
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 18, 2012 4:48 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 18, 2012 4:53 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A Kanawha County man was sentenced Monday to four years and nine months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
John Marcus Schoonover, 41, of Nitro previously pleaded guilty in August, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's Office. Schoonover admitted that on Aug. 14, 2011, he carried a stolen 12-gauge shotgun to Will’s Jewelry & Loan located in South Charleston and pawned the firearm for $70.
The defendant was previously convicted in September 2008 in Putnam County Circuit Court of conspiracy to commit first-degree arson. Schoonover did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.
The investigation was conducted by the Charleston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.
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