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Marion County man admits to firearms charge

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – James Joshua Hardesty, of Rivesville, West Virginia, has admitted to a firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Hardesty, 40, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Hardesty, who is prohibited from having a gun, admitted to having a .40 caliber pistol in March 2020 in Marion County.

Hardesty faces up to 10 years of incarceration 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 Sarah E. Wagner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Fairmont Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated February 1, 2021

Firearms Offenses