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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 18, 2021

Parkersburg Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Federal Gun Crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for a federal gun crime.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Dennis Hutton, 35, admitted to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on June 28, 2019,  at a hotel room at the Quality Inn in Mineral Wells, Wood County.  During the search, officers found Hutton, digital scales, quantities of suspected methamphetamine and heroin and a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver.  Hutton admitted to the officers he was selling the drugs to others because of the financial obligations he had.  The drugs were sent to the DEA Mid-Atlantic Laboratory and were confirmed to be methamphetamine and carfentanil.  Hutton admitted that he carried the gun to protect both his drugs and the proceeds of his drug dealing.

United States Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney L. Alexander Hamner 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 No. 2:20-cr-00143.

 

 

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated October 18, 2021