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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Felon Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Possession of Ammunition

NORFOLK, Va. – Wesley Paul Hadsell, 38, of Norfolk, was sentenced today to 240 months in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Hadsell pleaded guilty on Nov. 6, 2015. According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Hadsell admitted that on Dec. 23, 2013, he purchased ammunition at Bob’s Gun Shop in Norfolk and that on Dec. 31, 2013, he took that ammunition to a gun range in Chesapeake, where he and other individuals used some of the ammunition.  Hadsell retained possession of approximately 80 rounds of ammunition after the trip to the range.  Hadsell has at least 10 prior convictions for crimes ranging from burglary and bank robbery to felonious restraint.  Hadsell’s prior convictions qualified him as an Armed Career Criminal, which subjected him to a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence. 

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Michael Boxler, Special Agent in Charge of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, and Michael Goldsmith, Chief of Norfolk Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Bosse and Former Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin L. Hatch prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:15-cr-116.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated November 15, 2016