LB Howard arrested on federal charges

Updated: February 22, 2004, 7:51 PM ET
Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia linebacker Muhammad Howard was arrested on federal charges of selling guns without a license.

Howard was released on bond Friday after appearing before U.S. Magistrate John S. Kaull. Howard faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Clarksburg.

West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said Sunday that Howard would be suspended pending the outcome of the federal investigation.

The complaint accuses Howard of buying more than 20 firearms between March 26, 2003, and June 2, 2003, from a Morgantown dealership, and says Howard told Monongalia County sheriff's deputies he sold guns without a license.

Howard could not be reached for comment Sunday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan and West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong declined comment.

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