For Immediate Release
Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crime
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Corey Allen Tucker, 25, of Charleston, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm. A federal grand jury indicted Tucker in September 2020.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Tucker got into an altercation and shot an individual in South Charleston on January 7, 2019. Later that day, investigators with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department located Tucker in a South Charleston residence and found a 9mm pistol magazine loaded with unfired cartridges in his jacket pocket. Law enforcement officers searched the residence and found two firearms, including a Taurus Millennium G2 9mm pistol, buried in a cat litter box. Some of the ammunition loaded in that firearm was the same brand and type of shell casing located at the scene of the shooting. The magazine found in Tucker’s jacket pocket also fit the firearm. Tucker admitted to law enforcement that he shot the victim. Tucker was prohibited from possessing firearms by virtue of a 2016 conviction in South Carolina for assault and battery in the first degree.
Tucker faces up to ten years in prison when sentenced on July 22, 2021.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation and received assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorneys Julie White and Greg McVey are handling the prosecution.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:20-cr-00162.