Raleigh County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge

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BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Raleigh County man pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Joshua Radcliffe, 41, Shady Spring, admitted that he used a Cobray Model D, .45/.410-caliber Derringer pistol to rob the Shop Rite convenience store in Shady Spring, Raleigh County, on December 1, 2021. Law enforcement officers found the firearm in his residence on December 6, 2021.

Federal law prohibits a person with a prior felony conviction from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Radcliffe was aware that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of his August 2019 felony conviction in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia for conspiracy to use firearms in a drug trafficking crime.

Radcliffe is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29, 2022, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department for their work in the investigation. 

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Andy Isabell is prosecuting the case.

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. 5:22-cr-62.