HUNTINGTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Haskell Cornell, 44, of Barboursville, pleaded guilty today to making false statements in acquisition of firearms.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 14, 2022, Cornell purchased a Century CAHG2797-N 7.62x39mm semi-automatic firearm, also known as a “Micro Draco,” with a high-capacity magazine from a Huntington business. Cornell admitted that he falsely certified on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Federal Firearms Transaction Records Form 4473 that he was the true purchaser of the firearm. Cornell knew he was buying the firearm for two individuals who sent him to the business and provided him with the money for the purchase. Cornell further admitted that the two individuals provided him with controlled substances in exchange for purchasing the firearms.
Cornell bought additional firearms for the two individuals, who sent him into the same Huntington business and provided the money for each purchase. Cornell bought a Ruger-5.7, 5.7x28mm semi-automatic pistol on September 18, 2021, a Glock G21 Gen4 semi-automatic pistol on November 27, 2021, and a Glock G19X 9mm semi-automatic pistol om December 10, 2021, all for the two individuals. Cornell falsely certified on the ATF Form 4473 for these purchases that he was the true buyer of the firearms when he knew he was buying them for someone else.
Cornell is scheduled to be sentenced on December 18, 2023, and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Huntington Police Department.
United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Owen Reynolds is prosecuting the case.