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Federal grand jury indicts man on gun possession charge

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal grand jury indicted a Charleston man on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The federal indictment states that John Paul Clements, 31, had a semi-automatic handgun on March 9 despite having a felony conviction. In 2002, he was convicted of first-degree robbery with a firearm, a felony, according to the indictment.

Last week, Kanawha County prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge against Clements, according to Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper.

The charges dropped against him stemmed from an incident on March 9, where police said Clements and Robert Jared Smith, 34, fired more than 60 rounds from three different guns at Andre Williamson, 25, and Cierra Leftwich, 22. Williamson and Leftwich, both of Charleston, were shot multiple times in the legs while standing in front of the Seoul of Charleston restaurant on Washington Street West.

Police believe the shooting was in retaliation for the October 2012 shooting death of David Juaboi Booker, who was gunned down on Milton Street.

Clements faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. An indictment is not a finding of fact. It only means that grand jurors have decided that enough evidence exists to warrant a criminal trial.


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