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Harrison County man indicted on firearms and witness tampering charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Charles Raymond Wable, of Shinnston, West Virginia, was indicted today on firearms and witness tampering charges, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.

Wable, 61, was indicted today on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm” and one count of “Tampering with a Witness by Corrupt Persuasion.” Wable, a person prohibited from having firearms because of prior drug convictions, is accused of having a semi-automatic rifle in September 2020 in Harrison County. Wable is also accused of paying a witness to influence the witness’s testimony in a federal case before Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley between October 1, 2020, and November 10, 22020 in Harrison County.

Wable faces up to 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the firearms charge and faces up to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the witness tampering charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Flower is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. ATF and the U.S. Probation Office investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Updated May 3, 2022

Firearms Offenses