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Preston County man sentenced for firearms charge

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Joseph Lee Shrout, of Independence, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 37 months of incarceration for a firearms charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Shrout, 30, pleaded guilty in October 2021 to one count of “Unlawful Possession of Firearm.” Stout, a person prohibited from having a firearm because of a prior conviction, admitted to having a 9mm pistol in February 2021 in Preston County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Wagner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

Updated April 4, 2022

Firearms Offenses