W.Va. man sentenced for firearm


By Ashley Bunton - abunton@civitasmedia.com



A 44-year-old West Virginia man appeared in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Monday on charges of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Christopher R. Barker, of Tornado, W.Va., was indicted in June for two charges of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, fourth and fifth-degree felonies.

According to court records, Barker was a passenger in a car that was stopped for speeding by Washington C.H. Police.

The driver of the car was intoxicated with a .187 blood alcohol concentration.

A loaded Glock was found in the door compartment in plain view. Barker told police he didn’t have a CCW.

During Monday’s sentencing, Barker was sentenced to participate in the diversion program, subject to supervision with the Fayette County Adult Probation Office, and ordered to forfeit the firearms listed in count two of the indictment.

By Ashley Bunton

abunton@civitasmedia.com

Reach Ashley at (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton

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