West Virginia man guilty of possessing 7 stolen rifles

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession, admitting he broke into a gun dealer’s garage and stole seven rifles and a silencer last year.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Jeffrey Phelix, of Sissonville in Kanawha County, admitted to the Oct. 25 break-in.

Authorities say he was arrested after his fingerprint was found on the garage window.

As a previously convicted felon, convicted of burglary in Kanawha County in 2011, he was prohibited from having a gun.

He faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing scheduled for June 28.

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