2-26-13 Two enter pleas in federal court

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MARTINSBURG — Two individuals entered pleas of guilty last week in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced that William Lawrence, 64, of Shepherdstown, entered a plea of guilty to “Sale of a Firearm to a Prohibited Person.” On July 1, 2012, Lawrence sold a pistol and magazine to an individual knowing that the individual had been convicted of a felony offense and was prohibited from possessing a firearm. Lawrence, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jarod Douglas and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Juan Marron-Cerda, 33, entered a plea of guilty to “Re-entry by a Removed Alien.” On May 7, 2012, Marron-Cerda was found in the Berkeley County, West Virginia, after having been removed in March of 2008, and had not received consent to reapply for admission to the United States. Marron-Cerda, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to two years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and deportation.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and investigated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI).

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