CHARLESTON — A Parkersburg man pleaded responsible Tuesday in U.S. District Court docket in Charleston to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
In response to court docket paperwork and statements made in court docket, on Might 4, 2022, legislation enforcement officers in Parkersburg tried to drag over a car pushed by Joshua Dean Sprague, 42, of Parkersburg, who fled at a excessive price of pace onto Interstate 77.
The chase led to Seventh Road earlier than Sprague misplaced management of his car and crashed into one other car, U.S. Lawyer Will Thompson stated. A mom and her daughter had been within the different car and had been handled for accidents on the scene, Thompson stated.
After crashing his car, Sprague fled on foot however was apprehended. Sprague was in possession of a Ruger, mannequin LCP, .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol, Thompson stated.
Federal legislation prohibits an individual with a previous felony conviction from possessing a firearm or ammunition, Thompson stated. Sprague knew he was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to his prior felony convictions for malicious assault on a correctional officer, escape from an establishment and aggravated theft in Harrison County Circuit Court docket on Feb. 10, 2004, Thompson stated.
Sprague is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 20 and faces a most penalty of 10 years in jail, three years of supervised launch and a $250,000 superb.
Thompson counseled the investigative work of the Parkersburg Police Division and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Senior United States District Choose John T. Copenhaver Jr. presided over the listening to. Assistant United States Lawyer Jeremy B. Wolfe is prosecuting the case.