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Case Number: 2:20-cr-00143
Judge: Joseph R. Goodwin
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (Kanawah County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Charleston, West Virginia criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with felony possession of a firearm.
Dennis Hutton, 33, of Parkersburg, pleaded guilty to a federal gun crime.
According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on June 28, 2019, at a hotel room at the Quality Inn in Mineral Wells, Wood County. During the search, officers found Hutton, digital scales, quantities of suspected methamphetamine and heroin and a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver. Hutton admitted to the officers he was selling the drugs to others because of the financial obligations he had. The drugs were sent to the DEA Mid-Atlantic Laboratory and were confirmed to be methamphetamine and carfentanil. Hutton admitted that he carried the gun to protect both his drugs and the proceeds of his drug dealing.
Hutton pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and faces five years and up to life in prison when he is sentenced on October 18, 2021.
Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney L. Alexander Hamner is handling the prosecution.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - SELL, DISTRIBUTE, OR DISPENSE; oxycodone, methamphetamine, carfentanil
Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime
Outcome: 07/22/2021 39 PLEA HEARING as to Dennis Hutton held by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin on 7/22/2021; Court Reporter: Kimberly Kaufman. (rac)
07/22/2021 40 ORDER as to Dennis Hutton; re: hearing held 7/22/2021; Letter-form plea agreement and written plea of guilty executed to Count 2. Presentence Investigation Report Deadline 10/4/2021. Sentencing set for 10/18/2021 at 10:00 a.m., in Charleston before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. Sentencing Memorandum due by 10/11/2021. Defendant released pending sentencing. Signed by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin on 7/22/2021. (cc: Judge, USA, USP, USM, counsel, deft) (lca)
07/22/2021 41 ORDER as to Dennis Hutton; directing counsel for each party file a sentencing memorandum by 10/11/2021. Signed by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin on 7/22/2021. (cc: Judge, USA, USP, USM, counsel, deft) (lca)
07/22/2021 42 WRITTEN PLEA OF GUILTY by Defendant Dennis Hutton. (lca)