Wheeling man admits to firearms charge

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Christopher Wright of Wheeling, West Virginia, has admitted to a firearms charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Wright, 42, pleaded guilty today to today on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition.” Wright, a person prohibited from having firearms, admitted to having a .9mm pistol, a five-shot revolver and ammunition for both firearms in June 2021 in Ohio County.

Wright 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 Clayton J. Reid is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Wheeling Police Department investigated. 

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