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Detroit man pleads guilty to weapon charge

CHARLESTON — A Detroit man arrested in an investigation involving the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office pleaded guilty Monday to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia said.

Christopher Moore, 47, from Detroit and currently living in Jackson County, was previously convicted of three felony drug offenses related to the distribution of cocaine base and spent over 14 years in federal prison, Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston said.

On June 27, 2020, Moore possessed a loaded Taurus 9mm pistol which was used to shoot and kill a visitor at his house in Kenna. Johnston said.

Moore faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release when he is sentenced on June 3.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Steve Loew is handling the prosecution.

Moore was charged in September for the June 27 shooting death of Johnny Dowdy, 50, at Moore’s residence.

In the Jackson County Magistrate Court criminal complaint, investigators said Moore said he and Dowdy were fighting over a gun and it accidentally discharged. The Chief Medical Examiner said the wound was not self-inflicted and Dowdy could not have been in control of the gun when it was fired, the complaint said.

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