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

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Elkins man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Dale Lee Sharp, 45, of Elkins, West Virginia, pled guilty today to illegally possessing a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Sharp, who was previously convicted of a felony offense in Randolph County, admitted to possessing a .380 caliber pistol, .270 caliber rifle, .30-30 caliber rifle, and a 12-gauge shotgun in February 2016. 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 Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated December 16, 2016