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Judge: Thomas S. Kleeh
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia ( County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Elkins, West Virginia criminal defense attorney represented defendant charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
Bryan Edward Summerton, of Petersburg, West Virginia, was indicted for felony possession and use of a firearms.
Summerton, 36, pleaded guilty in August 2021 to one count of “Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Crime.” Summerton admitted to having a 9mm pistol during drug trafficking in April 2020 in Grant County.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office investigated. The Task Force consists of members from the Drug Enforcement Administration, West Virginia State Police, the FBI, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and the Keyser Police Department.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 60 months in prison.