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Press Release

Charleston Man Sentenced for Federal Gun Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced today to four years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents and information presented during the sentencing hearing, Richard Daniels Jr., 39, possessed a loaded Springfield Model XD 9mm handgun with a high-capacity magazine during a Dec. 12, 2020, traffic stop in Charleston. The handgun was later determined to have been stolen. Daniels admitted that he knew he was prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law because of his 2003 felony conviction for third-degree sexual assault in Rock County, Wisconsin.

U.S. 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. imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Nick Miller prosecuted 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 April 6, 2022