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Columbus man sentenced to 18 months for being a felon in possession of firearms

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

Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Randall Walker, 39, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of firearms.  In June of 2014, officers with the Charleston Police Department were called to the Greyhound bus station to respond to a complaint about an individual with two firearms.  At the bus station, officers made contact with Walker, who admitted that he had two guns in his bag.  A search of the bag revealed a Taurus, model Ultra-Light, .38 caliber revolver, and a Glock, model 30, .45 caliber pistol.  Walker had previously been convicted in Horry County, South Carolina of Second Degree Burglary, Possession of Crack Cocaine, and Possession of Cocaine, all felony offenses punishable by terms of imprisonment of more than one year.  These convictions preclude Walker from possession of any firearm.   

The investigation was handled by the Charleston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated October 15, 2015