A former Delaware man living in Virginia — the stepfather of an 18-year-old girl who disappeared and was later found dead — is scheduled to plead guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition Friday.
Prosecutors told The Virginian-Pilot that Wesley Hadsell, 37, formerly of 28 Cheshire St., Apt. B, Delaware, may face up to 15 years to life in prison for the felony charge because he is an “armed career criminal.”
However, Hadsell’s public defender, Keith Kimball, told The Virginian-Pilot that Hadsell could face no more than 10 years in prison.
Hadsell is the stepfather of Angelica “AJ” Hadsell, an 18-year-old girl who was found dead in April in Southhampton County, Virginia, after being missing for more than a month.
Medical examiners in the case ruled that she died of acute heroin poisoning, The Virginian-Pilot said.
No charges have been filed in connection with her death, The Virginian-Pilot reports.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that after AJ’s disappearance, police searched Wesley Hadsell’s hotel room and found 80 rounds of ammunition. A video found on Wesley Hadsell’s cellphone shows him and AJ in December 2013 at a shooting range in Chesapeake, Virginia. The two possession-of-ammunition charges Wesley Hadsell faces stem from the hotel room and the shooting range incidents, but Kimball told The Virginian-Pilot that Hadsell will only be pleading guilty in connection to the charge relating to the shooting range.
Hadsell was also charged with possession of heroin after police found heroin in the same hotel room, WTKR NewsChannel 3 reports.
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