Perry pleads guilty in federal firearms case

Russell Allen Perry, 44, of Berkeley Springs pled guilty on May 30 in U.S. federal court to his role in a firearms trafficking conspiracy.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the scheme involved another defendant purchasing firearms at licensed dealers in Morgan and Berkeley Counties and distributing those firearms for resale.

Perry and others assisted in illegally selling nearly 50 firearms.

Perry faces up to five years in prison, according to court officials. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.