CHARLESTON-A Parkersburg man who had more than a kilogram of cocaine will spend more than 20 years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston sentenced Richard Curry Jr., 31, to 22 years and seven months. Curry, also known as "Cheese" and "Curtus Javon McDonald," pleaded guilty in July to possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
Johnston sentenced Curry to 12 1/2 years for the possession charge and 10 years for the firearm charge, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a statement. The sentences will run consecutively.
This is Curry's third felony drug conviction, Goodwin said.
A confidential informant working with the Metro Drug Unit set up a May 3 meeting with Curry to buy cocaine. Curry drove a tan Hummer SUV to the parking lot of the informant's Charleston apartment.
Officers tried to immediately take him into custody when he entered the informant's apartment, but he resisted. In the struggle, a single shot was fired from a Taurus .40-caliber handgun hidden in his jacket. The bullet went into the floor. No injuries were reported.
A search of Curry turned up 1.2 kilograms of cocaine. Authorities found another 68 grams of crack cocaine and 73 grams of cocaine in the vehicle.That vehicle was registered to Curtus McDonald, which was also the name Curry gave during his hearing before U.S. Magistrate Dwane Tinsley. A fingerprint scan revealed his true identity.