The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 4, 2012

Mullens man to do time for being felon in possession of firearm


— A Mullens man will serve two years in jail for his plea and sentence in which he brandished a firearm and was found to be a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Wyoming County Prosecuting Attorney Rick Staton.

Salvatore Richard Turrisi, 40, was sentenced to one year in jail for brandishing a firearm and an additional year for being a felon in possession of a firearm, to be served consecutively, Staton said.

“These are the maximum sentences allowed by law,” according to Staton.

“The plea and sentence result from a December 2011 incident in which Turrisi is alleged to have brandished a pistol to a collection agents at his house.

Upon investigating the allegation, and pursuant to a search warrant, Mullens Police officers Ray Toler and Jack Meadows discovered the gun in Turrisi’s house.

The case was set for a jury trial on Dec. 3, Staton said, but Turrisi opted to enter a “no contest” plea, upon which he was sentenced to the maximum on each charge.

“My office, in conjunction with the United States Attorney, are cracking down on these type of weapons cases,” Staton said. “This plea and sentence should send a strong message to felons and the community that we will not tolerate illegal possession of firearms.”