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Felon arrested in Sissonville after hunting

By From staff reports

A convicted felon with a valid hunting license was arrested in Sissonville while driving a vehicle with a rifle and deer antlers inside, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

Sgt. J. Thaxton was on patrol Monday when he stopped a driver in a Dodge pickup who was not wearing a seat belt.

Walter Hamrick, 59, of Sissonville, had no valid driver's license and a check revealed that his license had been revoked about 13 years ago for unpaid citations and other miscellaneous reasons, Humphreys said. After running a criminal background check, police found that Hamrick was convicted of breaking and entering and grand larceny, both of which are felonies.

Despite felony convictions, Hamrick had a valid hunting license. He had already killed a deer that day. The deer had been checked at a processing station and the antlers were in Hamrick's vehicle. A rifle was on the passenger seat.

"Being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm is a misdemeanor in this incident," Humphreys said. "Mr. Hamrick was charged with the violation. He was also charged with several traffic violations."

The vehicle was towed. Items seized as evidence included a gun, hunting license, hunting vest, and deer antlers.

Hamrick was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court and released on personal recognizance bond.


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