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Press Release

Dunbar Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Gun Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Dunbar man was sentenced today to three years and six months in prison for a federal gun crime. David Wayne Watson, 37, previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to statements made in court, officers with the Charleston Police Department responded to a call for shots fired near the Go-Mart in North Charleston in November 2019. Watson was outside an apartment building nearby. Officers made contact with him, and Watson agreed to let the officers inside the building to check the welfare of the residents. While walking up the stairs, an officer observed a firearm in Watson’s pocket. Watson admitted that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm as a result of his prior felony convictions for aggravated robbery and fleeing from police causing injury.

United States Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Charleston Police Department.

Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Julie M. White handled the prosecution.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:20-cr-00141.





Updated November 4, 2021

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