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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Two men plead guilty to illegal possession of a firearm charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Two men convicted for illegally possessing firearms, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.

Eric Wilson, 29, of Coalton, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Drug Addict.” He admitted to possessing a .32 caliber revolver in May 2016.

Joseph Wayne Shipman, 43, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Shipman, who had previously been convicted of a felony offense in Upshur County, is prohibited from possessing a firearm. He admitted to possessing multiple firearms in December 2016 in Upshur County, West Virginia. 

They each face 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 Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated the Wilson case and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated the Shipman case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Firearms Offenses
Updated January 24, 2017