Parkersburg man pleads guilty to federal weapons charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg man pleaded guilty to a weapons charge in U.S. District Court in Charleston, authorities said.

Mark M. Smith, 29, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, a charge lodged after he admitted having a KAHR .45-caliber pistol when he was pulled over by police in Parkersburg in December 2017.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Smith was not allowed to have a firearm because he had been previously convicted of grand larceny and forgery in Wood County

Smith could be ordered to spend up to 10 years in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Jan. 23.