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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Fayette County man previously convicted of using violent physical force against an acquaintance in February 2005 appeared in federal court on May 13 and entered into a guilty plea to illegal firearm possession charges, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
 
Jody Lowell Sowder, 37, of Scarbro, Fayette County, W.Va., illegally possessed a semi-automatic pistol on September 2012 at a residence located on Mayfair Avenue in Oak Hill, W.Va.     
Sowder was previously convicted in February 2005 in Raleigh County Magistrate Court of domestic battery.  The defendant did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored because of the February 2005 conviction. 
 
Sowder faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on August 21, 2013 by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. 
 
The investigation was conducted by the Oak Hill Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. 
 
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.
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