A West Virginia lady pleaded guilty Tuesday for providing a firearm to felons in the shooting death and wounding of a sheriff’s deputy.
Melanie Clodfelter (41), of Summersville entered a plea to lying on a certificate form that she claimed she was the buyer. She knew she was buying the semi-automatic rifle from Richie Holcomb. Clodfelter gave Holcomb the rifle on the day of purchase last November.
Clodfelter knew that Holcomb was banned from possessing firearms due to a felonious unlawful wounding conviction in 2014. According to a U.S. attorney’s news release, Holcomb gave money to Clodfelter to purchase the gun.
Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Thomas Edward Baker III was shot and killed. Cpl. Joshua Ellison was injured after responding in a domestic disturbance at the Birch River region on June 3. Holcomb, 36, was also shot to death.
Clodfelter could face up to five years imprisonment and a $250,000 penalty. February 16th was the date for Clodfelter’s sentencing.