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Parkersburg man sentenced on weapons charge

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was sentenced to prison on federal charges, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia said.

Shad Michael Knight, 27, Parkersburg, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Mike Stuart said.

The prison sentence will begin following the completion of a sentence he is serving through Wood County Circuit Court and will be followed by three years of supervised release, Stuart said.

Knight admitted that on Oct. 21, 2019, he was driving a blue Chevrolet Cruze that was pulled over in the 1000 block of 29th Street in Parkersburg because of a busted tail light and Knight having a suspended driver’s license, Stuart said. During the traffic stop, a police dog with the Parkersburg Police Department provided a positive indication for the presence of controlled substances within the vehicle, Stuart said.

The vehicle was searched and officers located a backpack behind the driver’s seat containing a 9mm pistol, two loaded magazines, two boxes of 9mm ammunition, several small plastic bags and a small amount of methamphetamine, Stuart said. Knight admitted the firearm was within his possession, that he had placed the firearm in the backpack prior to the traffic stop and that he knew that he was not permitted to possess firearms under federal law, Stuart said.

Knight had previously been convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in Wood County Circuit Court and was on parole for that offense when this incident occurred, Stuart said.

The Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force, the Parkersburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe handled the prosecution.

Knight was of two people appearing for firearms violations.

Michael LeRose, 32, of Nitro, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Officers during a search of his residence found a .22 caliber rifle, a 5.56 mm caliber semi-automatic rifle, two 9mm handguns, two AM-15 rifle receivers and a full auto-conversion kit for a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, a homemade silencer, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms and a tactical vest in a separate search of his car.

Both cases are part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

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