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Upshur County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A Buckhannon, West Virginia man was sentenced today to 46 months incarceration for illegally possessing a firearm, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Joseph Wayne Shipman, 44, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” in January 2017. 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.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated. 

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided. 

Updated March 1, 2018

Firearms Offenses