For Immediate Release
Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crime
Davis Admits to Possessing Firearm at Huntington New Year’s Day 2020 shooting
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Kymoni Davis, also known as “Money,” 33, of Redford, Michigan, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Davis admitted to possessing a Ruger & Co., model P95 DC, 9mm pistol on January 1, 2020. Davis had been ejected from a New Year’s Eve party at the Kulture Hookah Bar in Huntington on December 31, 2019. Sometime after midnight, Davis returned to the bar and fired the pistol through the front door, injuring seven individuals. Davis then fled the scene.
The shooting was captured on surveillance video, which along with statements from witnesses helped to identify Davis. Spent casings at the scene collected by law enforcement officers were later matched with a firearm seized by Charleston Police officers in an unrelated investigation. Davis was arrested in the Detroit area several months later and returned to West Virginia.
Federal law prohibits a person with a prior felony conviction from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Davis knew he was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of his prior felony convictions for uttering and publishing in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, Circuit Court on March 26, 2018, false pretenses with intent to defraud in Kent County, Michigan, Circuit Court on May 24, 2018, and delivering a check without account in Wayne County, Michigan, Circuit Court on January 25, 2019.
Davis is scheduled to be sentenced on December 19, 2022, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
“This conviction shows that this office will not tolerate this type of violence around Huntington or any other part of this district,” said United States Attorney Will Thompson. “I commend the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Huntington Police Department for their investigative work and Assistant United States Attorney Greg McVey for prosecuting the case.”
“Protecting the public is ATF’s top priority,” said Special Agent in Charge Shawn Morrow of ATF’s Louisville Division. “Working with local police to provide federal resources, like the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, is one of the ways we accomplish our mission. This case demonstrates how violent offenders are removed from the street when they use firearms to commit violent crimes. I commend Huntington Police Department, ATF’s Charleston Field Office, and the prosecution team for their work to bring justice to the victims in this case.”
“The Huntington Police Department, along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, ATF and the Cabell County Prosecutor’s Office worked tirelessly to apprehend and prosecute Kymoni Davis,” said Huntington Police Chief Karl Colder. “I am thankful for the partnerships we have with these agencies that lead to such successful outcomes and protect Huntington from this type of gun violence and violent individuals. I also want to thank each of the individual detectives, agents and prosecutors who devote so much time and effort into these violent cases. We will continue working with the Cabell County Prosecutor’s Office to pursue state charges, which will include several violent felonies related to the events of that evening.”
United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
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. 3:20-cr-18.