For Immediate Release
Ohio Man Sentenced on Federal Gun Charges
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that a Coshocton, Ohio man was sentenced yesterday in federal court on gun charges. Joshua Dale Edie, 34, was sentenced to 72 months – 6 years -- in federal prison for possessing firearms while being a user of methamphetamine, and after being convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Chapmanville Police Department.
“Edie is a prohibited person times two,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Persons convicted of crimes of domestic violence and drug users are prohibited from possessing guns. Edie’s violation of federal gun laws is putting him behind bars for six years.”
Edie pled guilty in March, admitting that on January 30, 2017, he possessed five firearms in his Chapmanville, West Virginia apartment. Among the firearms was a rifle with a high-capacity magazine and two stolen guns. Edie admitted that he was a user of methamphetamine when he possessed the guns. Edie had been convicted in 2009 of domestic violence in Coshocton, Ohio.
Assistant United States Attorney Gabriele Wohl prosecuted the case. United States District Judge Joseph Robert Goodwin presided at the sentencing hearing.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.