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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Virginia man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of firearm

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Willie Vishone Joyner, 31, of Sterling, Virginia, pled guilty today to unlawful possession of a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Joyner, who has a previous felony conviction in state court in Virginia, was discovered in unlawful possession of a .32 caliber revolver in September 2015 in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Joyner was previously convicted of the felony offense of “Strangle Another to Cause Wounding or Injury” in the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, Virginia in May 2013.

Joyner pled guilty today to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” He faces up to 10 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 Anna Krasinski prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated June 7, 2016