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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Belle Man On Illegal Firearm Possession Charge

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Kanawha County man was indicted on Nov. 5 by a federal grand jury sitting in Charleston for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to a single-count indictment, Dorsey Woolwine, Jr., 62, of Belle, W.Va., allegedly possessed 19 firearms near Belle, W.Va. on March 24, 2012. 

Woolwine was previously convicted of unlawful wounding in March 2012 in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County.  He did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.

Woolwine faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted. 

The investigation was conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. 

The case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

Note: The charge contained in the indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Click here to view a copy of the indictment

Updated January 7, 2015