Young West Virginia man pleads guilty to role in pawn shop gun theft
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) —
A young West Virginia man has admitted to helping an accomplice steal guns from a pawn shop.
Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Chafin pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Huntington to theft of firearms from a licensed dealer. Prosecutors say Chafin and 23-year-old Robert Lee Reid broke into a pawn shop in Barboursville last December and stole 10 firearms. They were arrested during a traffic stop in West Hamlin.
As part of his plea, Chafin also admitted to helping Reid in the May 2017 theft of 164 firearms from the same pawn shop.
Chafin faces up to 10 years in federal prison. Sentencing has been set for Sept. 18.
Reid pleaded guilty earlier this month to three counts of firearms theft from a dealer and one count of possession of stolen firearms.
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