Harrison County man admits to firearms charge

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Anthony R. Riley, II, of Shinnston, West Virginia, has admitted a firearms charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Riley, 25, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Riley, a person prohibited from having firearms because of a prior conviction, admitted to having a 9mm pistol in February 2021 in Harrison County.

Riley faces up to 10 years of incarceration and 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 Christopher L. Bauer is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Shinnston Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.