An Ohio man pleaded guilty Monday to federal gun and drug offenses related to a 2021 shooting in West Virginia.
Austin Bruce Jeffreys, 28, of Chesapeake, Ohio, admitted to using and carrying a firearm during a drug offense and conspiracy to use and possess a firearm during a drug offense.
Jeffreys, according to court documents and statements made in court on June 14, 2021, communicated with an inmate at the Western Regional Jail by phone and each time, the calls were recorded.
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The US Department of Justice said in a news release that when Jeffreys spoke with the inmate, he agreed to go to a residence in Huntington to pick up the inmate’s suboxone.
At the time, the suboxone was with someone else, so Jeffreys said he would go to the residence carrying a loaded .380 caliber handgun.
When Jeffreys arrived at the residence, the Justice Department said, he and another person engaged in a gun battle before Jeffreys could obtain the drugs.
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Jeffreys then called the inmate, again on a recorded line, and discussed the shooting and his knowledge of the drugs that were intended to be distributed, the Justice Department said.
Jeffreys is expected to be sentenced on February 13, 2022 and faces life in prison and a $500,000 fine.
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The inmate, Jacob Benjamin Loper, 21, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on May 9, 2022, after pleading guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute suboxone and conspiring to use a firearm in a felony. of drug trafficking