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West Virginia Man Accused in Theft of 180 Guns Enters Plea

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A West Virginia man accused of stealing 180 guns from the same pawn shop has pleaded guilty to multiple firearms charges.

Prosecutors say 23-year-old Robert Lee Reid of Branchland entered the pleas Monday in federal court in Huntington.

According to court records, Reid stole from the same gun dealer in Barboursville on three occasions, then sold most of the guns to individuals in Huntington. During a traffic stop, a West Hamlin police officer noticed stolen guns in the back of a vehicle occupied by Reid.

Reid entered the plea to three counts of theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer and one count of possession of stolen firearms. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. Sentencing has been set for Sept. 10.