WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A Wheeling man and a Morgantown man were both indicted today by a federal grand jury on firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Mark L. Flint, II, age 35, of Wheeling, was charged with one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Flint, who is prohibited from having a firearm, is accused of having a .40 semi-automatic pistol in May 2020 in Ohio County.
In an unrelated case, Marquise Hicks, age 26, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was indicted on one count of “Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Offense.” Hicks is accused of having a 9mm pistol while allegedly trafficking marijuana in August 2019 in Monongalia County.
Flint faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Hicks faces up to five years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 Danae DeMasi-Lemon is prosecuting the Flint case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Wheeling Police Department investigated.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the Hicks case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Monongalia County Probation Office investigated.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.