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Pocahontas County man admits to firearms charges

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Julian N. Waddell, of Durbin, West Virginia, has admitted to firearms charges, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Waddell, 37, pleaded guilty today to two counts of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Waddell, a person who isn’t permitted to have a firearm because of a prior conviction, admitted to having three revolvers, a shotgun, and a semi-automatic rifle in April and July 2019 in Pocahontas County. 

Waddell is facing up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the charges. 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 Christopher L. Bauer is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Mountain Region Drug Task Force investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Michael John Aloi presided.

Updated April 19, 2021

Firearms Offenses