Roane County Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Gun Crime

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Foster Allen Ray, 72, of Gandeeville, was sentenced today to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 9, 2020, Ray shot a loaded Savage Model 99 300 caliber level action rifle from over 100 feet away at two people inside a truck trapped on his property to “scare them.”  The bullet lodged inside the truck but avoided hitting the driver or front seat passenger. Ray is prohibited from possessing firearms due to previous felony convictions in Roane County Circuit Court for unlawful assault and child abuse by a custodian resulting in injury.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the West Virginia State Police.

United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Negar M. Kordestani is 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. 2:21-cr-00024.