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Ohio man pleads guilty to Federal gun charge

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A South Point, Ohio, man, who shot himself in the foot with a firearm while driving on Interstate 64, pleaded guilty today to a federal gun charge, announced United States Attorney Booth Goodwin. Bradney Allen Adkins, 31, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Huntington, West Virginia, to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On February 5, 2015, Adkins was traveling westbound on Interstate 64 in Barboursville while in possession of two handguns, a Glock 21SF .45 caliber pistol and a Walther PPK/S .380 caliber pistol. While driving, Adkins accidently shot himself in the foot with one of the handguns. Adkins went to Cabell Huntington Hospital to seek treatment for the gunshot wound. Troopers with the West Virginia State Police responded to the hospital, arrested Adkins, and recovered both handguns from the hospital’s dumpster.

Adkins was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because of six previous felony convictions. In 2011, he was convicted in the Court of Common Pleas in Lawrence County, Ohio, of operating a vehicle under the influence, two counts of receiving stolen property, complicity to burglary, and grand theft of an automobile. Additionally, in 2012, Adkins was convicted in the Circuit Court of Delaware County, Indiana, of theft.  

Adkins faces up to 10 years in federal prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Huntington on February 29, 2016.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams 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 working with existing local programs that target gun crime.

Updated November 30, 2015

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