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GREENBRIER COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN PRISON ON FEDERAL FIREARM THEFT CHARGE 

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Justin Junior Rich, 20, of Greenbrier County, W.Va., was sentenced today to 46 months in prison by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger for conspiracy to steal firearms from the premises of a federal firearms licensee.  Rich previously pleaded guilty in September.  The defendant admitted that between November 21 and November 22, 2010, he and two associates participated in a conspiracy to steal firearms from the business premises and inventory of a federal firearms licensee near Rainelle, Greenbrier County, W.Va.  Rich further admitted that at the time of the conspiracy, he and an associate drove to the premises of the firearms licensee and stole approximately 20 firearms.  Rich also admitted that he and his associates subsequently disposed of and concealed several of the stolen firearms. 

On January 6, 2011, Rich possessed a .380 caliber pistol near Rainelle.  The defendant admitted that the firearm he possessed on January 6 was stolen, and that he had in fact obliterated the manufacturer’s serial number.   

This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney Philip Wright handled the prosecution. 

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

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