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Berkeley County man indicted on federal firearm charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Jonathan Leigh Wienke, 45, of Martinsburg, West Virginia with multiple firearm charges, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

In June 2016, Wienke allegedly possessed a .22 caliber pistol, a firearm silencer, and materials to manufacture firearm silencers in Berkeley County, WV. Wienke is charged with one count of "Making a Firearm in Violation of the National Firearms Act,” two counts of “Receipt or Possession of Firearms Made in Violation of the National Firearms Act,” two counts of “Receipt or Possession of an Unregistered Firearm,” and two counts of “Receipt or Possession of Firearm Unidentified by Serial Number,”

He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 for each charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Z. Krasinski is handling the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Department of Homeland Security are investigating.
An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 22, 2016