Wetzel County man convicted of unlawful possession of firearms


A Wetzel County man has been convicted of unlawful possession of firearms, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

Eric Brandon Lemasters, 33, of Jacksonburg, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of four firearms on Wednesday in federal court, according to Ihlenfeld.

Lemasters, who has a previous felony conviction in state court in Ohio, was discovered in July 2015 in unlawful possession of two rifles, a shotgun, and a pistol in Wetzel County. He was previously convicted of the felony offense of “Grand Theft” in the Court of Common Pleas of Lake County, Ohio.

Lemasters pled guilty Wednesday to one count of “Felon in Possession of a Firearm” and faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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