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CHARLESTON – A Detroit man arrested in an investigation by 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.

Detroit-based Christopher Moore, 47, who currently resides in Jackson County, had previously been convicted of three crimes related to cocaine base distribution and spent over 14 years in federal prison, said acting United States attorney Lisa G. Johnston .

On June 27, 2020, Moore owned a loaded 9mm Taurus pistol that was used to shoot and kill a visitor at his Kenna home. Said Johnston.

Moore faces up to 10 years in prison, a $ 250,000 fine and three years’ custody release if convicted on June 3.

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

Moore was charged in September with the death of Johnny Dowdy, 50, shot dead on June 27 in Moore’s apartment.

In the Jackson County Magistrate Court’s criminal complaint, investigators said Moore said he and Dowdy had an argument over a gun that was accidentally unloaded. The chief medical officer said the wound was not inflicted himself and that Dowdy was unable to control the gun when it was fired, the complaint said.

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