Dayton felon sentenced to more than 8 years for gun offense

Charles G. Thomas sold guns to a confidential informant and later pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony crime.
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Charles G. Thomas sold guns to a confidential informant and later pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony crime.

A Dayton man was sentenced to eight years and four months in federal prison for being in possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony crime.

Charles G. Thomas, 27, received the 100-month sentence Wednesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. He had pleaded guilty in December.

According to court documents, between March and July 2016, Thomas (also known as “Waski”) possessed seven pistols, a revolver and a shotgun. One weapon had a high capacity magazine and at least one had been reported stolen.

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A confidential informant reported that Thomas had two guns for sale, and the informant purchased them, according to court documents. Thomas “hustled” to find more guns to sell to the informant, who said he represented an out-of-state buyer who could pay top dollar.

Thomas’ public defender advocated for a sentence in the range of 37 to 46 months, arguing that federal agents didn’t immediately arrest Thomas for selling guns, instead waiting for more charges to be racked up.

In 2010, Thomas was convicted of felony aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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