Monongalia County man admits to role in firearms conspiracy

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Harry Anderson Sprouse, III, of Maidsville, West Virginia, has admitted to his role in a firearms conspiracy, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Sprouse, 53, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the False Statement in Connection with the Acquisition of Firearms.” Sprouse admitted to working with another to illegally purchase two pistols from a licensed dealer in December 2020 in Marion County.

Sprouse 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 Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

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