CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two men pled guilty this week to federal firearm crimes, according to United States Attorney Mike Stuart.
Jeremy Vance, 38, of Charleston, pled guilty to being a felon in possession of several firearms in Logan County. Vance admitted that on August 15, 2019, he was carrying four guns while riding a bicycle in West Logan. He admitted that he knew he should not have had the guns because he had previously been convicted of breaking and entering in Logan County Circuit Court in 2011. Vance admitted that he had planned to take the four guns to a local flea market to sell them for money. The guns included two Mossberg 12 gauge shotguns, one Marlin .22 caliber rifle and one Marlin 12 gauge shotgun. Vance faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on December 9, 2020. The West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Kristin Scott is handling the prosecution.
Adam Michael Miller, 28, of Parkersburg, pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Miller admitted that he was driving a white Honda Pilot on October 28, 2019, when the vehicle was stopped by an officer with the Parkersburg Police Department in the 900 block of Williams Street in Parkersburg. Officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol along with a digital scale, small empty plastic bags consistent with drug distribution, and quantities of marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms. Several .40 caliber bullets also were found on Miller’s person. The firearm had previously been reported to the Parkersburg Police Department as stolen. Miller was not legally permitted to possess a firearm due to his previous conviction for the felony offense of burglary on December 6, 2017, in the Circuit Court of Calhoun County. Miller’s prior burglary conviction was related to his role in the kidnapping and torture of Joshua Darwin Shrader of Parkersburg in July 2016. He was sentenced to prison in that case for an indeterminate sentence of not less than one year or more than 15 years. He was later released on supervised parole and was still on parole when this offense occurred. In addition to the burglary conviction, Miller has three convictions for battery on a corrections officer, four convictions for battery, three convictions for violation of a protective order, as well as convictions for reporting a false emergency, obstructing an officer, destruction of property and intimidation of a witness. Miller faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on December 8, 2020. The Parkersburg Police Department conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe is handling the prosecution.
These cases are being prosecuted as part of the Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. The United States Attorney’s Office is prosecuting these cases with support from the Project Guardian partners noted above. For more information about Project Guardian, please see: https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian.
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. 2:20-cr-00094 (Vance) and Case No. 2:20-cr-00022 (Miller).