Parkersburg Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison for Gun and Drug Crimes | USAO-SDWV

Charleston, W.Va. – Ryan Ashley Williams, 36, was sentenced today to 128 months in prison for gun and drug crime.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Williams was arrested by law enforcement officers from an apartment on Hall Street in Parkersburg on or about December 1, 2019. He also had the keys to a safe in which officers found about eight grams of a mixture of fentanyl and heroin, about 80 grams of methamphetamine, and a semi-automatic pistol. Williams admitted that he intended to distribute these substances to other people and that he knew he was banned from possession of firearms based on a previous first-degree robbery conviction with a firearms specification in Wood County Circuit Court.

Williams’ conviction of a first degree robbery came as a result of an incident in March 2012 in which he robbed a Parkersburg store at gunpoint while wearing a ski mask. Williams put all the customers on the floor and stole about $ 4,000 from the till. He was sentenced to a 20-year prison term and was on probation for that sentence when these federal crimes were committed.

Acting US Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement, praising the investigative work of the Parkersburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

U.S. Assistant Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe is handling the indictment. US District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin pronounced the verdict.

A copy of this news release is available on the US Attorney’s website for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case # 2: 20-cr-00091.

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