Berkeley Springs man gets 2.5 years in federal jail for firearms trafficking

07 March 2024- Kenneth Carey Markley, age 45, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, was sentenced in federal court this week to 30 months in federal prison for a firearms conspiracy.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Markley worked with others to illegally purchase and sell firearms in West Virginia and Maryland. Markley, who’s prohibited from having firearms because of a prior breaking and entering felony charge in Berkeley County, paid another defendant to purchase firearms on his behalf. He would then sell those firearms to others. Six of those firearms have been recovered in criminal investigations in New York, Maryland, and Kentucky.

Markley is required to report for supervised release for three years with the U.S. Probation Office following his prison sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.