Two Hernshaw men have pleaded guilty to federal gun charges, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
David Edward Burgess, 27, and his brother, Jesse Wayne Burgess, 26, both of Hernshaw, pled guilty to federal gun charges after being charged in connection with the theft of firearms from two local businesses.
David Burgess pled guilty to illegally possessing a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol on September 17, 2012, the day he stole the firearm from Pawn for Cash, a federally licensed firearms dealer in Charleston, Goodwin said.
David Burgess had previously been convicted of the felony offense of credit card forgery in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, and his rights to possess a firearm had not been restored, according to Goodwin.
Jesse Burgess pled guilty to aiding and abetting his brother in stealing the pistol from Pawn for Cash, and was also prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of breaking and entering in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, and his rights to possess a firearm had not been restored, Goodwin added.
Both men face up to 10 years’ imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine when they are sentenced on Sept. 4, 2014.
United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., is presiding over the cases.
The investigation was conducted by the Charleston Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn is handling the prosecution.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.