South Point man pleads guilty to gun charge


By Frank Lewis

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When you are a convicted felon, having a weapon in your possession is against the law. Having two guns and accidentally shooting yourself with one of them will get you up to 10 years in federal prison.

A bizarre incident on an interstate has resulted in a South Point, Ohio man entering a guilty plea to a federal gun charge. Bradney Allen Adkins, 31, entered a guilty plea in federal court in Huntington, West Virginia, to a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to United States Attorney Booth Goodwin, Adkins shot himself in the foot with a firearm while driving on I-64 on February 5, 2015. Goodwin said Adkins was traveling westbound on Interstate 64 in Barboursville, West Virginia and was in possession of two handguns, a Glock 21SF .45 caliber pistol and a Walther PPK/S .380 caliber pistol. He said, while driving, Adkins accidentally shot himself in the foot with one of the handguns. Adkins went to Cabell Huntington Hospital to seek treatment for the gunshot wound. Troopers with the West Virginia State Police responded to the hospital, arrested Adkins, and recovered both handguns from the hospital’s dumpster.

Adkins was prohibited from possessing any firearm under federal law because of six previous felony convictions. In 2011, he was convicted in the Court of Common Pleas in Lawrence County, Ohio, of operating a vehicle under the influence, two counts of receiving stolen property, complicity to burglary, and grand theft of an automobile. Additionally, in 2012, Adkins was convicted of theft in the Circuit Court of Delaware County, Indiana.

Adkins is schedule to be sentenced in federal court in Huntington on Feb. 29, 2016 and faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is in charge of the prosecution.

The 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 working with existing local programs that target gun crime.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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