Sunday, February 25, 2018

License Annulled After Gun Theft Conviction

The Charleston Gazette Mail reported 0n a sanction imposed in the wake of a guilty plea

The West Virginia Supreme Court has annulled a Boone County attorney’s law license after he pleaded guilty to federal gun charges last year.

Joshua W. Sheets voluntarily consented to be disbarred, meaning he no longer can practice law in West Virginia, according to the order issued on Feb. 14 and filed last week.

The state Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel was pursuing its own sanctions against Sheets last fall when he agreed to be disbarred while his case proceeded through the court system.

 On Dec. 20, Sheets, 32, of Danville, and Jason Allen Davis, 34, of Van, pleaded guilty to federal gun charges in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Sheets pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the receipt, possession and sale of stolen firearms. Davis pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee.

Sheets was one of four defendants indicted in August 2017 and charged with stealing guns from a Boone County firearms dealer, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

 Davis admitted to serving as a lookout for Sheets in November 2016 while Sheets broke into a firearms store and stole multiple firearms. Sheets admitted to arranging a sale of guns that were stolen from the same dealer in an earlier burglary, according to the release.

Sheets and Davis each face up to 10 years in federal prison when U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver Jr. hands down their sentences on March 21.

Hat tip coolcrosby. (Mike Frisch)

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