Felon admits to possessing firearm in Upshur County

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ELKINS, W.Va. – Dustin Lee Watson, of Roanoke, W.Va., has admitted to a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced Tuesday.

Watson, 24, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Watson, having previously been convicted of a felony and domestic violence, admitted to having a .380 caliber pistol in October 2017 in Upshur County.

Watson faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the West Virginia State Police; and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.