CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 1/13/20 11:45 A.M.
Two women who pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges for stealing guns from a licensed dealer in Jackson County face up to 10 years in prison, authorities said.
Destiny Moore, 19, and Rebecca Sellers, 18, both of Ravenswood, entered the plea on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Moore and Sellers admitted to stealing 24 firearms during a break-in at the Old and New Sports store in April 2019 in Ravenswood.
Moore drove Sellers’ vehicle while James
Evans and a juvenile broke into the store, authorities said.
Police said they have recovered most of the stolen firearms.
“Tragic. Stealing firearms from a licensed dealer is a serious federal offense,” United States Attorney Mike Stuart said. “These young people who should be thinking about going to school or work, or what movie they would like to see, instead find themselves waiting to learn how much time they will be spending in federal prison as a result of their crimes.”
Moore and Sellers are scheduled to be sentenced on April 22.
Evans pleaded guilty in December and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15. The juvenile, whose name has not been made public, was prosecuted in Jackson County Circuit Court, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
The Ravenswood Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation.
ORIGINAL STORY: 12/12/19
A Jackson County man could spend up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing guns from a store in Ravenswood, authorities said.
James Evans, 19, of Ravenswood, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Charleston.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Evans and three other people broke into the Old and New Sports store in April and stole 24 guns.
“Stolen firearms too often end up in the hands of those who commit violent crimes - risking law enforcement and the public,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said.
Rebecca Ann Sellers, 18, and Destiny Moore, 19, were also charged. They are scheduled to go on trial on Jan. 27.
A juvenile was prosecuted in Jackson County Circuit Court.
The Ravenswood Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives handled the investigation.