Mill Creek man admits to firearms charge

ELKINS — John C. Holliday, of Mill Creek, has admitted to a firearms charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Holliday, 31, pleaded guilty Wednesdeay to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Holliday, a person prohibited from having a firearm, admitted to having two revolvers in July 2019 in Barbour County.

Holliday faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.


ELKINS — Joshua Allen Hinkle, of Cabins, was sentenced today to 77 months of incarceration for a fentanyl charge, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Hinkle, 36, pleaded guilty in July 2021 to one count of conspiracy to distribute at least 40 grams of fentanyl. Hinkle admitted to working with others to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl in April 2020 in Grant County and elsewhere.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Potomac Highlands Drug Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office investigated. The Task Force consists of members from the Drug Enforcement Administration, West Virginia State Police, the FBI, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office, the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and the Keyser Police Department.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.


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