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Date: 08-16-2019

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United States of America v. Ronald Collins

Case Number: 5:18-cr-00068

Judge: Irene C. Berger

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (Kanawha County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Steve Lowe and Alex Hamner

Defendant's Attorney: John D. Wooton, Jr. and Christopher M. Davis

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Charleston, WV - Greenbrier County Man Sentenced to Five Years on Federal Gun Crimes

Ronald Collins, 39, of Greenbrier County, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for federal gun crimes. The sentence was an upward departure from the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. The Court found that Collins obstructed justice when he assaulted his former counsel. Further, the Court found that an upward departure was warranted because of the defendant’s violent ideations, threatening behavior and lack of respect for law enforcement.

“Another upward departure from the federal sentencing guidelines granted by the Court at my request. This is the second request for an upward departure granted in the past two weeks based on the gravity of the offense. I will continue to seek upward departures where the circumstances warrant,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Prosecution of cases like this are important. By enforcing federal gun laws, we keep guns out of the wrong hands.”

In March 2019, a federal jury convicted Collins of making a false and fictitious written statement on an ATF Form 4473 in order to acquire a firearm and of being in possession of a firearm after being committed to a mental institution. In January 2018, Collins lied on ATF form 4473, indicating that he had never been committed to a mental institution, and thereafter purchased a firearm. Collins posted several videos of himself with the firearm on social media, including one of him shooting the firearm, which were shown to the jury.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation.

Outcome: 08/15/2019 157 EXHIBIT LIST by United States of America as to Ronald Collins. (msa)
08/15/2019 158 EXHIBIT FROM SENTENCING HEARING as to Ronald Collins. Government Exhibit Number: 1. (msa)
08/15/2019 159 JUDGMENT as to Ronald Collins (1), Counts 1 and 2, sentenced to 60 months imprisonment; 3 years supervised release; $200 special assessment; remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. Signed by Judge Irene C. Berger on 8/15/2019. (cc: USA, USP, USM, counsel, deft) (msa)
08/15/2019 160 TRANSMITTED CERTIFIED COPY of 159 Judgment to USA, USP, USM, Counsel, Ronald Collins. (msa)
08/15/2019 161 SEALED/SOR as to Ronald Collins signed by Judge Irene C. Berger. (msa)
08/15/2019 162 ORDER as to Ronald Collins, for reasons set forth in the Court's previous 145 Memorandum Opinion and Order, the Court directs that the 148 Notice of Intent to Appeal Order for Acquittal and New Trial, to the extent it includes a motion for reconsideration be DENIED. Signed by Judge Irene C. Berger on 8/15/2019. (cc: Judge, USA, USP, USM, counsel, deft) (msa)
08/15/2019 163 NOTIFICATION TO 4CCA of 159 Judgment entered 08/15/2019, as to Ronald Collins re: 148 Notice of Appeal. (msa)
08/15/2019 164 PRESENTENCE REPORT (SEALED DOCUMENT) as to Ronald Collins (sbk)
08/15/2019 165 SECOND, PRO SE NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPEAL and REQUEST FOR HEARING by Ronald Collins re: 145 Memorandum Opinion and Order. (slr)
08/15/2019 166 TRANSMITTAL OF NOTICE OF APPEAL TO 4CCA via APPEAL TRANSMITTAL SHEET as to Ronald Collins re: 165 Notice of Appeal - Final Judgment. (slr) (Modified on 8/15/2019 to remove and replace incorrect image) (slr).
08/15/2019 NOTICE OF DOCKET CORRECTION re: 166 TRANSMITTAL OF NOTICE OF APPEAL TO 4CCA via APPEAL TRANSMITTAL SHEET as to Ronald Collins. ERROR: Incorrect image attached. CORRECTION: Incorrect image removed and replaced. (slr).

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