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Press Release

Washington Man Sentenced for Assaulting Secret Service Agents

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that Joshua Wills, 31, of Bremerton, Washington, was sentenced to 23 months already served for assaulting two special agents with the United States Secret Service. Wills has remained in custody since his arrest on November 19, 2018.

“I am proud to be a champion of our law enforcement heroes.  They are brave, courageous warriors for our citizens.  Federal, state and local law enforcement put themselves in harm’s way to protect each and every one of us,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Assaults on our Guardians of Justice will always be prosecuted by this U.S. Attorney.”

Wills previously pled guilty to assaulting, resisting or impeding federal officers.  He admitted that he intended to drive from the state of Washington to Washington, D.C. to meet the President of the United States. The U.S. Secret Service began investigating Wills after they had received reports that Wills was traveling to see the President while possessing a dangerous weapon. Two special agents with the U.S. Secret Service located Wills in a campground in St. Albans and approached him for questioning. Officers with the St. Albans Police Department arrived at the campground for assistance. Wills admitted that he became agitated by the presence of the law enforcement officers and a standoff ensued for approximately 20 minutes. When Wills was told that he was going to be taken into custody for disorderly conduct, he unsheathed and raised a three-foot long Katana sword as a show of force. After further resisting law enforcement commands, Wills was disabled by a non-lethal beanbag gun possessed by a St. Albans police officer and taken into custody.

The U.S. Secret Service and the St. Albans Police Department conducted the investigation. Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Tessman handled the prosecution.

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. 2:18-cr-00289.


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Updated October 20, 2020