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Wetzel County man indicted on firearms charges

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Joseph Harrison, of Pine Grove, West Virginia, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Harrison, age 48, was indicted on two counts of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition.” Harrison, having previously been convicted of a felony, is accused of having two .22 caliber revolvers, a .380-caliber pistol, and rounds of ammunition for the firearms in October 2017 and January 2018 in Wetzel County.

Harrison faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. 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 David J. Perri is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated April 3, 2018

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