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Wheeling man admits to firearm charge

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A Wheeling, West Virginia man has admitted today to a firearm charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. 

Charles Smith Rippy, Jr., age 62, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of  Firearm.” Rippy, having been convicted of two felonies, admitted to illegally possessing a .22 caliber pistol in Ohio County in April 2017.

Rippy faces up to 10 years incarceration 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 L. Vogrin is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives and the Wheeling Police Department investigated. 
Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., presided. 

Updated January 11, 2018

Firearms Offenses