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Wetzel County Man Indicted By Federal Grand Jury

By Staff | Apr 3, 2018

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Joseph Harrison, of Pine Grove, West Virginia, was indicted April 3 by a federal grand jury on firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Harrison, age 48, was indicted on two counts of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition.” Harrison, having previously been convicted of a felony, is accused of having two .22 caliber revolvers, a .380-caliber pistol, and rounds of ammunition for the firearms in October 2017 and January 2018 in Wetzel County.

Harrison faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. 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 Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

In late January 2018, Harrison was arrested in connection with a Wetzel County shooting that had occurred earlier that month. He was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Harrison was shot during a Jan. 9 incident, but Sheriff Mike Koontz said law enforcement believed Harrison was shot in self-defense.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.