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Cabell Man Pleads Guilty, Putnam Man Sentenced In Separate Firearms Cases
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Mar. 4, 2013 5:30 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 4, 2013 5:35 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A Cabell man pleaded guilty and a Putnam man was sentenced in two separate firearms cases.
In the first case, Kenneth Richard Nance, 43, of Huntington pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a person subject to a domestic violence protection order, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s Office. Nance admitted that on Dec. 7, 2011, he possessed a Raven .25-caliber pistol.
At the time of the firearm possession, Nance was subject to a domestic violence protection order issued by Cabell County Family Court. Nance admitted that he knew the order was in effect at the time he possessed the firearm on Dec. 7, 2011. The defendant further admitted that he knew it was illegal to possess a firearm or ammunition while the order was in effect.
Nance faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on June 3, by U.S. District Chief Judge Robert Chambers.
In the second case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said a Putnam County man was sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison for possession of a stolen firearm.
Robert Allen Armstrong, 25, of Hurricane previously pleaded guilty in October 2012. On July 16, 2010, officers with the Hurricane Police Department arrived at the defendant’s Putnam County residence to execute an arrest warrant. During the execution of the warrant, an officer seized a Raven Arms .25 caliber pistol from behind a planter located on the porch of the residence. Armstrong was arrested.
The defendant admitted that he possessed a Ruger .22 caliber pistol in his bedroom dresser at the residence. Law enforcement officers later received a complaint that the Ruger .22 caliber pistol had been stolen from a pickup truck between July 15 and July 22, 2010. Armstrong admitted that he knew the Ruger .22 caliber pistol had been stolen.
Armstrong was previously convicted of a felony in February 2007 in Putnam County Circuit Court and did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.
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