MARTINSBURG – Robert Kenneth Niland, of Keyser, has admitted to a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

MARTINSBURG – Robert Kenneth Niland, of Keyser, has admitted to a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Niland, age 49, pled guilty to one count of making a false statement to a federal agent. Niland admitted to lying to an ATF agent in November 2018.
Niland faces up to five years 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.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley D. Crockett is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.