Charleston Man Sentenced on Escape Charge | USAO-SDWV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that Douglas Wesley, 32, of Charleston, was sentenced to six months in federal prison for walking away from a halfway house earlier this year.  The six month term of imprisonment is to run consecutively to any discharged portion of the sentence in Wesley’s underlying 2012 federal gun conviction.

“If our U.S. Marshals are looking for you, they will find you,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Anyone in federal custody that attempts to escape can expect the result to be more prison time.”

Wesley previously pled guilty and admitted that in late June 2020, he left Dismas Charities, Inc., a Bureau of Prisons residential reentry facility, without permission and did not return. He had been confined at Dismas because of a previous federal gun crime conviction.

The U.S. Marshals Service conducted the investigation. Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Negar Kordestani handled 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. 2:20-cr-00131.


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