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Charleston felon fighting with his girlfriend sentenced to more than 6 years in jail for threatening bystander with a gun

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A Charleston man who threatened to kill a construction worker trying to intervene in an argument he was having with his girlfriend, then tried to persuade witnesses to lie about the weapon has been sentenced to six years plus six months in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Mark A. Johnson, Jr., 24, was arguing with his girlfriend outside Town Center Mall in November when a bystander intervened, prompting Johnson to pull a handgun out and threatened to kill the man.

Johnson subsequently tried to convince two witnesses to lie and say the weapon he flashed was not real, Goodwin said.

Johnson, a repeat offender, was sentenced this week to 78 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

At the time of the offense, however, he was already on federal supervised release for a prior conviction of felon in possession, and for violating the conditions of that release he was sentenced in January to six months in prison.

Johnson has been in federal custody since December.

In other cases:

*Michael J. Dow, 44, of Beckley, West Virginia, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine after pleading guilty in federal court in Beckley to distribution of heroin.

Dow admitted selling heroin to a police informant on F Street in Beckley in March.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 4.

The Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit conducted the investigation.

*Bobby Evans, 29, of Delaware, admitted to dealing heroin to a police informant on Washington Street in Charleston's East End in May.

Evans also said he'd previously sold crack to the same individual in May in front of his residence on Washington Street East. When police searched the residence where Evans had been staying in May, they $40 of the $60 the informant used to pay for the drugs, as well as additional heroin and a gun.

He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing, set for Sept. 13 by U.S. District Court Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr.

His case was investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team, with Assistant U.S. Monica D. Coleman in charge of the prosecution.

*David Alan Hunt, 32, of Sophia, West Virginia faces up to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography, Goodwin said.

Hunt admitted to having pictures of prepubescent and pubescent children engaging in sexual acts on his personal computer and a CD at his home in March. He also admitted to using a file sharing program to share the pornographic images over the Internet.

“We are committed to the fight against criminals like David Alan Hunt who contribute to the exploitation and abuse of children,” Goodwin said. “We will use every available tool to track them down and prosecute them to the fullest extent allowed by law.”

Sentencing is set for Dec. 4 in federal court in Beckley.

Hunt's case was investigated by the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and FBI, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa G. Johnston in charge of his prosecution.