CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jalen Chapman, 28, of Charleston, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Chapman was charged in a Superseding Indictment returned by a federal grand jury in December 2019.
According to the plea agreement and statements made in court, on or about September 29, 2018, officers with the Charleston Police Department arrested Chapman on outstanding warrants at a residence on Barber Drive in Charleston. Officers later searched the residence and seized two firearms, a .45 caliber Sig Sauer 1911 pistol and a .38 Special Taurus revolver, that Chapman admitted belonged to him. Chapman further admitted that he knew he was prohibited from possessing the firearms because he was previously convicted of a felony drug trafficking offense in Kanawha County Circuit Court.
Chapman faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on July 12, 2021.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Charleston Police Department conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Negar M. Kordestani is handling the prosecution.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:19-cr-00058.
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