Man given 100 months in federal prison

CHARLESTON – A 50-year-old felon who illegally possessed a stolen firearm was sentenced today to 100 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

John A. Burkey of Parkersburg previously pleaded guilty in April to possession of a stolen firearm.

On March 22, 2010, Burkey illegally purchased marijuana from an acquaintance. After the marijuana transaction, Burkey received a stolen firearm from the acquaintance.

Burkey informed his acquaintance that he could sell the firearm. At the time he possessed the stolen firearm, Burkey was stopped by police near 26th Street and Grant Avenue in Parkersburg.

Burkey dropped the firearm on the ground while he was questioned by police. Law enforcement recovered the firearm and Burkey was arrested.

Burkey was previously convicted of several felonies including robbery by force, robbery by presenting a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery or attempted first degree robbery in the Wood County Circuit Court. The defendant did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Parkersburg Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Erik Goes handled the prosecution. The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Thomas E. 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.