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Kanawha County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A  Cabin Creek man pled guilty to a federal firearms charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Hughie Wayne Petry, 38, pled guilty to being in possession of a stolen sawed off shotgun that was not registered to him with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.   The investigation was conducted by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  

On May 6, 2018, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an individual in the Cabin Creek area that a male had a sawed off shotgun and was yelling threats in the street.  A Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the call, and located the individual who attempted to escape by jumping into an area creek.  The Deputy tracked down Petry and was able to recover the sawed off shotgun.   Petry admitted being in possession of the sawed off shotgun; that he stole the sawed off shotgun; and that it was not registered to him as required by the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. 

Petry faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 20, 2019.

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the plea hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Chris Arthur is handling the prosecution.  

Updated March 15, 2019

Firearms Offenses