CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Charleston man who shot and wounded a man on the city's West Side will serve 10 years in federal prison.
U.S District Judge Thomas Johnston sentenced Douglas Jonathan Wesley Jr., 23, Monday to 10 years in federal prison, the maximum for the offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Wesley, also known as "Dougie" and "Dougie Fresh," pleaded guilty in July 2012, according to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Wesley shot Larry Crews near the Kickback Lounge on Central Avenue in February 2012. Wesley left the scene only to return and shoot Crews again.
Crews was seriously wounded but survived his injuries. He told investigators that Wesley had been trying to rob him.
Surveillance cameras from a nearby building recorded the incident.
Johnston noted at sentencing that Wesley committed a "gravely serious" offense and had a violent criminal history, according to Goodwin's statement. The court called Wesley a "danger to the community."
Wesley was previously convicted of first degree robbery in May 2005 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Charleston police investigated the shooting. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Loew handled the prosecution.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the U.S. by networking existing programs that target gun crimes.
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