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Maryland man sentenced to a decade for firearms charge

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Joseph Tyree Ryles, of Baltimore, Maryland, was sentenced today to 120 months of incarceration for a firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Ryles, age 30, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” in January 2020. 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberley D. Crockett prosecuted 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.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated April 18, 2023

Firearms Offenses