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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man pled guilty to an escape charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Douglas Wesley, 32, pled guilty to walking away from a halfway house earlier this year.

“When you do the crime, you must do the time – including your time in a halfway house,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Leaving and not returning to the Dismas Charities facility is a sure way to add more time to your sentence.”

Wesley admitted that in June of this year, he left Dismas Charities, Inc., a Bureau of Prisons residential reentry facility, without permission and did not return. He had been serving a sentence for a federal gun crime conviction and was transferred to Dismas to serve the remainder of the sentence.

Wesley faces up to five years imprisonment when sentenced on December 29, 2020.

The U.S. Marshals Service conducted the investigation. Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. 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. 2:20-cr-00131.

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