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Wetzel County man indicted for firearms violations

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 by a federal grand jury today for firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Harrison, age 49, is charged with one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” and one count of “Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.” Harrison, who is not permitted to have a firearm because of a prior convictions, is accused of having a .45 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number and ammunition in June 2019 in Wetzel County. 

Fuller 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 August 7, 2019

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