Ohio man admits to firearms charge

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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Joshua Anthony Doty, of Steubenville, Ohio, has admitted to a firearms charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Doty, 35, pleaded guilty today on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Doty, a person prohibited from having a firearm because of prior convictions, admitted to having a 12-gauge shotgun in December 2019 in Brooke County.

Doty faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250 ,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Mazzone presided.