Huntington Felon Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Firearm

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington man, Aubrey Gardner, 28, was sentenced today to total of 40 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for committing the offense while he was on federal supervised release. 

According to court documents, Gardner previously admitted that on February 8, 2021, he was a passenger in a vehicle that officers with the Huntington Police Department pulled over in the 2800 block of 8th Avenue in Huntington.  The officers found a firearm in the waistband of Gardner’s pants.  Gardner was prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law because of a 2018 conviction in the Southern District of West Virginia for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Huntington Police Department.

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor prosecuted the case on behalf of the Government.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. 

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case Nos. 3:21-cr-00049 and 3:18-cr-00055.

 

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