MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – A West Virginia, Hampshire County man with a prior conviction for domestic violence has been indicted for illegally possessing nine firearms, according to the United States Attorney’s Office Northern District of West Virginia.
Jason Lee Gordon, 36, of Rio, West Virginia, has been charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, officers responding to a domestic dispute with Gordon observed that he had driven his car into a ditch.
Gordon, who was under the influence of alcohol, was taken into custody and officers found nine guns and various ammunition in his vehicle. One weapon was a ghost gun or a privately made firearm, while the eight other firearms were all conventionally manufactured.
It was claimed that Gordon, 36, has a Mineral County conviction that prohibits him possessing firearms. He is currently being held in the Eastern Regional Jail. On February 2, 2010, he will be arraigned before a federal court. “The prosecution of domestic abusers using guns continues to be my priority,” stated William Ihlenfeld, United States Attorney. “Every case like this we bring makes the community safe, not only for the victims but also for law enforcement officers responding to domestic calls.”
The case has been investigated by the ATF and the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office. Eleanor F. Hurney is the Assistant U.S. attorney.
An accusation is just that, and Gordon is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.