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Marion County man convicted of possession of stolen firearms

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Richard Wells, 22, of Baxter, West Virginia, was convicted in federal court today of possession of a stolen firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Wells was discovered in Lewis County, West Virginia in possession of a stolen .357 caliber revolver. He pled guilty today to a criminal Information charging him with one count of “Aiding and Abetting in the Possession of Stolen Firearms.” He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. 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 Zelda Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

Updated January 8, 2016