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Press Release

Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --  Richard Daniels Jr., 39, of Charleston, pleaded guilty today to a federal gun crime.

Based upon statements made in court, Daniels possessed a Springfield, Model XD 9mm handgun on December 12, 2020 in Charleston.  Daniels admitted that he knew he was prohibited from possessing the gun because of his 2003 felony conviction for third-degree sexual assault in Rock County, Wisconsin.

Daniels pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 10, 2022.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Charleston Police Department.

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Nick Miller is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:21-cr-00183.




Updated December 7, 2021

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