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Harrison County man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Andrew N. Debolt, 33, of Shinnston, West Virginia, admitted to the unlawful possession of a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Debolt, who has prior felony convictions for “Sexual Abuse in the First Degree” and “Domestic Violence, Third Offense” in Harrison County, WV, was discovered in possession of a .22 caliber rifle in July 2015.  He pled guilty this week to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.”

Debolt 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 Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the West Virginia State Police, and the Clarksburg Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated August 12, 2016