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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Logan County man pleads guilty to federal gun crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Logan County man pled guilty today to a federal gun crime, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Joshua Edie, 34, of Chapmanville, entered his guilty plea to being a prohibited person in possession of firearms. U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Chapmanville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“I support our Second Amendment rights wholeheartedly,” said U.S. Attorney Stuart. “I also firmly believe in protecting our gun rights by keeping firearms out of the hands of drug users, domestic abusers, and felons. We will keep working with our law enforcement partners to prosecute criminals who ignore and violate our gun laws.”

Edie admitted that around January 30, 2017, he possessed five firearms in his apartment in Chapmanville. He further admitted that, at the time, he was a user of methamphetamine and that he had been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence in Ohio in 2010.

Edie faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on May 30, 2018.

Assistant United States Attorney Gabriele Wohl is responsible for the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

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

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated March 7, 2018