Preston County man pleads guilty to unlawful purchase of a firearm
ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Cory Jean Gainey, 24, of Reedsville, West Virginia, was convicted of unlawfully purchasing a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.
Gainey pled guilty to one count of “False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm.” He admitted that in October 2015, he provided a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer stating that he was the actual purchaser of the firearm when in fact he was buying it for another individual. He faces up to ten years in prison 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 Traci M. Cook prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, and the Morgantown Police Department investigated.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.