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Ohio man admits to selling firearms to felon

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An Ohio man who admitted he knowingly sold a firearm to a convicted felon faces up to a decade in federal prison.

Jeffrey Allen Jones, 50, of Chesapeake, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. 

A police informant contacted Jones by telephone on March 15, 2012 to arrange to buy a .22-caliber pistol. Jones met the informant in Huntington and sold the gun for $150.

Jones admitted he knew that the informant had been convicted of a felony and was not permitted to possess a firearm. During the transaction, Jones told the informant to wipe the firearm down and that if anything happened he would report the weapon stolen.

Jones sold five additional guns to the informant, all of which were monitored and recorded by police.

Jones also faces a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Aug. 26.

Huntington police and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory McVey handled prosecution.

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