Wheelersburg man changes plea to guilty

By Portia Williams

April 9, 2014

By Portia Williams


ASHLAND, Ky. — Fredrick Stiltner, of Wheelersburg, pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection from his sale of a handgun last year to a Greenup County, Ky., teen who later brought the gun to a Greenup High School football game.

According court records, on Monday, U.S. Eastern District Court Judge David L. Bunning granted a motion filed last week by Fredrick Stiltner’s attorney, David Mussetter, for Stiltner to be re-arraigned to allow Stiltner to change his plea from not guilty to guilty. The re-arraignment is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Stiltner, was indicted Feb. 13, 2014, on a charge of selling a firearm to an out-of-state resident. Stiltner’s trial is scheduled for April 28. The indictment alleges that on Oct. 4, Stiltner, who was not a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or collector of firearms, as defined by federal law — sold a 9-mm automatic pistol to an individual whom he had “reasonable cause to believe” was not a resident of Ohio, as Stiltner was at the time of the sale.

If convicted, Stiltner faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised probation.

Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.