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Maryland man admits to firearms charge

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Joseph Tyree Ryles, of Baltimore, Maryland, has admitted to a firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Ryles, age 30, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Ryles, having previously been convicted of crimes in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, Maryland, admitted to illegally possessing a 9mm pistol and a .40 caliber pistol in August 2015 in Jefferson County.

Ryles faces up to 10 years 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 Kimberley D. Crockett is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated January 31, 2020

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