Man from Hurricane admits illegal firearm possession

September 29, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A Hurricane man with a violent past faces a decade in federal prison after he admitted to illegally possessing a firearm in federal court Thursday.

According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stu According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Michael Shawn Alford, 38, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison at his Jan. 19, 2019, sentencing.

As part of his plea, Alford admitted he was riding a motorcycle Sept. 24, 2017, in the area of Dry Ridge Road in Milton when the vehicle broke down and he began to push it down the road. When a deputy from the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department arrived, Alford went behind a tree in the woods close to the road, where he disposed of a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun. The deputy asked him to come out to the road and recovered the firearm.

Alford is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of felony convictions in Kanawha County Circuit Court for aggravated robbery in 2001 and a 2009 conviction for unlawful assault.

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