Federal Guilty Plea for Illegal Firearm Possession

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Roane County man who broke into a camper van and stole several firearms pleaded guilty  to being a felon in possession of firearms.  Robert Allen Starcher, 29, of Spencer, W.Va., entered into a guilty plea in federal court in Charleston.

  On January 1, 2012, Starcher broke into a camper van that was located in Walton, Roane County, W.Va., and took four rifles and two shotguns that were inside. Following the burglary, Starcher took the firearms that he had stolen from the camper, along with other stolen goods, and traded the items for an SUV. 

Starcher was prohibited from possessing firearms because of multiple prior felony convictions.  Starcher was convicted in September 2007 in the Circuit Court of Ritchie County of transferring stolen goods.  Starcher was also convicted in January 2007 in the Circuit Court of Calhoun County of grand larceny.  Starcher also had prior felony convictions in Gilmer and Braxton counties from 2006.  

Starcher faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on August 15, 2013 by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. 

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.
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