2018-01-31 / Police & Safety

Smith pleads to federal firearms charge

Matthew Dean Smith, 39, of Great Cacapon, has admitted to a firearms charge in federal court, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Smith pled guilty on January 26 to one count of “Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.” Smith admitted to possessing an unregistered silencer in Berkeley County in October 2017.

Smith faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara K. Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided over the plea.

Smith faced criminal charges in Morgan County several years ago relating to his operation of an explosives business in Great Cacapon.

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