WHEELING, W. Va. — An Ohio County resident received his sentence in federal court for a firearms charge.
Melvin B. Neff, 56, of Wheeling, was sentenced Monday to 37 months in prison for unlawful possession of firearms.
In June of last year, Neff was discovered in possession of eight firearms including five rifles, two shotguns, and a .45 caliber pistol and pleaded guilty in December to one count of  being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.
He was convicted in 1993 in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania of the felony offense of violating the Controlled Substance, Drug Device and Cosmetic Act.
As a result of the conviction, Neff was prohibited from possessing a firearm.
The Wheeling Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government, while Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

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