ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Richard Lee Hollobaugh, of Parsons, West Virginia, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Hollobaugh, age 33, is charged with one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Hollobaugh, having previously been convicted of four felonies, is accused of possessing a 9mm pistol in October 2017 in Randolph County.
Hollobaugh faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of $250,000 fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office investigated.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.