Marion County man sentenced for firearms charge


CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – James Joshua Hardesty, of Rivesville, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 63 months of incarceration for a firearms charge, Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Hardesty, 40, pleaded guilty in February 2021 to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Hardesty, who is prohibited from having a gun, admitted to having a .40 caliber pistol in March 2020 in Marion County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Wagner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Fairmont Police Department investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.


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