MARTINSBURG – John Michael Martin, of Keyser, was sentenced Monday to three years probation for a firearms violation, according to United States Attorney Bill Powell.

MARTINSBURG – John Michael Martin, of Keyser, was sentenced Monday to three years probation for a firearms violation, according to United States Attorney Bill Powell.
Martin, age 30, pled guilty to one count of sale or transfer to a prohibited person in November 2018. Martin admitted to selling a 12-gauge shotgun to Nathan E. Carpenter, who was known to have been convicted of a crime, in April 2018 in Mineral County.
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 Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.