The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 5, 2013

Raleigh man pleads guilty to illegally having firearm

— A Raleigh County man who admitted to having an addiction to prescription painkillers pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to illegal possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced.

James David Morris, 34, of Eccles, entered a guilty plea in federal court to being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm.

Morris admitted that he knowingly possessed a .45 caliber pistol near Harper on March 28, 2012, while an unlawful user of prescription pain medication.

Morris faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Aug. 1 by U.S. District Court Judge Irene C. Berger.

The West Virginia State Police and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John File is in charge of the prosecution.

— from staff reports