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Indianapolis man pleads guilty to federal gun crime

CHARLESTON — An Indianapolis man pulled over by Parkersburg Police pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 20, 2021, Parkersburg Police officers pulled over a vehicle driven by Steven Loren Mandrell, 44, formerly of Parkersburg, because it didn’t have a valid license plate, United States Attorney Will Thompson said.

As an officer approached the vehicle, Mandrell was seen leaning toward the steering wheel as if he was concealing something underneath the driver’s seat. Mandrell admitted to having two loaded firearms under his seat, a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol and a Bul Transmark 9mm pistol. Both were seized by the officers, Thompson said.

Federal law prohibits a person with a prior felony conviction from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Mandrell knew he was prohibited from possessing firearms because of a January 27, 2010, conviction for delivery of a controlled substance in Wood County Circuit Court.

Mandrell is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 14 and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, Thompson said.

Thompson commended the investigative efforts of the Parkersburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe is prosecuting the case.

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