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Press Release

Kanawha County Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Gun Crime and Violating Supervised Release

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Terrence Wilson, also known as Terrance Matthew Wilson, 34, of Dunbar, was sentenced today to seven years and six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for possessing a stolen firearm and violating his supervised release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 28, 2021, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Wilson’s residence and recovered a stolen, loaded Smith & Wesson .380-caliber pistol and a loaded Glock 22 pistol. Wilson admitted to possessing the firearms and further admitted that he had reasonable cause to believe the Smith & Wesson .380-caliber pistol was stolen when he purchased it.

At the time of this offense, Wilson was serving a term of federal supervised release after pleading guilty to distribution of cocaine base, also known as “crack,” in United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on June 9, 2016. Today’s prison sentence includes one year and six months for committing a crime while on supervised release.

Wilson has a long criminal history that also includes prior felony convictions for possession with intent to deliver alprazolam in Kanawha County Circuit Court on May 3, 2013, and interstate travel in aid of drug trafficking in United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on February 5, 2015. The court cited the extensive criminal history and called Wilson a rabid recidivist.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Steve Loew and former Assistant United States Attorney Nick Miller prosecuted the case.

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 Nos. 2:22-cr-3, 2:16-cr-88 and 2:21-cr-257.


Updated June 6, 2023

Firearms Offenses