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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Charleston man pleads guilty to unlawfully possessing a stolen fireman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a man from Kanawha County pleaded guilty today in federal court in Charleston to unlawfully possessing a stolen firearm.  Joshua Devere, 33, of Charleston entered a guilty plea to possession of a stolen firearm.  On September 27, 2013, Devere stole a Remington 12-guage shotgun from the Trading Post sporting goods store in Marmet, Kanawha County, West Virginia. 

Devere faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on September 9, 2015.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Marmet Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

Updated June 9, 2015