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

Friday, December 9, 2016

Clarksburg man pleads guilty to unlawful purchase of a firearm

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Joseph Richard Slamick, 42, of Clarksburg, West Virginia pled guilty to unlawfully possessing a firearm in federal court today, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Slamick pled guilty to one count of “False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm.” He admitted to falsely representing that he was the actual buyer of a .380 caliber pistol when he was actually attempting to purchase the firearm on behalf of another person.

He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Clarksburg Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Firearms Offenses
Updated December 9, 2016