A New York man who was found shot in the head in a house on Charleston's West Side was sentenced to two years in federal prison after officers found more than 6.9 ounces of cocaine and a large amount of cash in the house.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnson sentenced Gabriel J. Gonzales, 24, to two years and six months in prison Monday. Gonzales pleaded guilty in June to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Charleston police searched Gonzales' home on Feb. 28, 2012, a day after a shooting occurred in the house. Officers were called to the Fourth Avenue home the night of Feb. 27, 2012, to investigate a shooting, according to Daily Mail archives.
Inside they found Gonzales with two gunshot wounds to the back of his head. He was alert and spoke to police before spending time in intensive care. Police said then that the shooting was believed to be drug related and that it appeared that a robbery had taken place inside.
A search of the home turned up 196 grams, or 6.9 ounces, of cocaine, $69,440 in cash and a set of digital scales. Gonzales told police he intended to sell the cocaine and that the cash found was money made from drug sales.Assistant U.S. Attorney Blaire Malkin handled prosecution.