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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wheeling Man Sentenced For Illegal Possession Of Firearm


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Defendant fired shot after fight in Downtown Wheeling

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A 33-year old Wheeling man was sentenced this week in United States District Court for possession of a handgun that he fired at another man following a fist fight last year.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II, announced that CORDALE A. WILLIAMS received a 65-month prison term as a result of his conviction for “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.” According to testimony offered in court, Wheeling Police officers responded to a gunshot being fired after midnight on June 22, 2012, outside of the 7-11 store on Market Street and upon arrival learned that WILLIAMS had been in a fight with another man over a woman. D uring the fight WILLIAMS pulled a gun out and fired it at the person with whom he was fighting. WILLIAMS then chased after the man before coming came back to the 7-11 and dropping the firearm on the ground. Much of the incident was captured by a surveillance camera that was located in the area.

WILLIAMS has a prior federal felony conviction for “Distribution of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 feet of a School”, and was on supervised release at the time of the shooting incident. For violating the terms of his release WILLIAMS was given 24 months but that sentence that was ordered to run at the same time as the 65-month term.

WILLIAMS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod J. Douglas. It was investigated by the Wheeling Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Updated January 7, 2015