Ohio man pleads to federal gun charge

Staff Report

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A South Point man, who shot himself in the foot with a firearm while driving on Interstate 64, pleaded guilty today to a federal gun charge.

Bradney Allen Adkins, 31, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Huntington to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, on Feb. 5, 2015, Adkins was traveling westbound on Interstate 64 in Barboursville, W.Va., while in possession of two handguns, a Glock 21SF .45 caliber pistol and a Walther PPK/S .380 caliber pistol. While driving, Adkins accidently 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 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 in the Circuit Court of Delaware County, Ind., of theft.

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

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.

This 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.

Staff Report