Wheeling Resident Peter Hankish Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges

A Wheeling man found with drugs and weapons in his Elm Grove home in April pleaded guilty to federal charges in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

Peter “Pete” Kahil Hankish II, 43, was indicted on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Hankish, having previously been convicted of theft in the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps General Court, possessed a 7.62-caliber rifle when confronted at his home on Decatur Avenue in April.

Hankish also admitted to possessing methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said.

Officials said Hankish was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to his felony conviction of receiving stolen property in 2007 in Eastern Division Court in Belmont County.

He also was charged with a felony involving damage or destruction of military property in 2005 after an investigation conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

As a result of that charge, he was sentenced to two years in jail.

In April, members of the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force and West Virginia State Police arrested Hankish at his home where officers found 23 grams of crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and digital scales, as well as an AK-47 with three loaded AK-47 magazines and multiple cellphones.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Danae DeMasi-Lemon is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, led the investigation of the case.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. presided. A sentencing date was not announced.

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