James Matthew Law

AUBURN, W.Va. — James Matthew Law, 39, Pennsboro, was charged by Tpr. J. M. Thompson, West Virginia State Police, with a felony charge of being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm, as well as with domestic assault.

The officer received a request for a welfare check at 69 Little Way in Auburn.

The caller reported that she had spoken to her niece, Katelyn Jane Law, who told her that she was in fear for her safety from her husband, and was afraid to leave him. She also said he was in possession of a firearm, in spite of being a convicted felon.

Thompson, along with Ritchie County Sheriff’s Deputies K. M. Day and D. W. Miller, went to the residence, where James Law told them everyone was “OK” and in the house.

Katelyn Law told officers she was afraid of her husband, and that earlier in the day he threatened to “kill everyone.”

The only people present were her and their small children.

She said that the gun he had previously threatened her with by pointing it at her head, was in the center console of their vehicle.

She gave permission to search the car, and a semi automatic pistol, with a loaded magazine, was found.

Katelyn Law reported being afraid to leave him, because every time she tried, he tracked her down and made her come back.

James Law had a felony conviction in 2004 for unlawful assault, which makes him ineligible to own firearms.

The defendant denied threatening his wife, but admitted to pointing a gun at her head.

Law was arrested and is being held on a $25,000 cash/surety bond.

If convicted of being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm, Law could spend up to five years in jail, and/or be fined up to $5,000.

For domestic assault, he could be sentenced to not more that six months in jail and/or a fine up to $100.

The defendant will be represented by Attorney Sarah Petitto.