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Parkersburg man pleads guilty to federal weapons charge

CHARLESTON — A Parkersburg man this week pleaded guilty to a federal firearms crime in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, United States Attorney Mike Stuart said.

Adam Michael Miller, 28, of Parkersburg pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, Stuart said.

Miller admitted that he was driving a white Honda Pilot on Oct. 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, Stuart said.

Several .40 caliber bullets also were found on Miller’s person, Stuart said.

The firearm had previously been reported to the Parkersburg Police Department as stolen, Stuart said.

Miller was not legally permitted to possess a firearm due to his previous conviction for the felony offense of burglary on Dec. 6, 2017, in Calhoun County Circuit Court, Stuart said.

The prior burglary conviction was related to his role in the kidnapping and torture of Joshua Darwin Shrader of Parkersburg in July 2016, Stuart said. He was sentenced to prison in that case for an indeterminate sentence of not less than one year or more than 15 years.

Miller was later released on supervised parole and was still on parole when the latest offense occurred, Stuart said.

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, and 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 Dec. 8, Stuart said.

The Parkersburg Police Department conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 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 initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

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