Jackson County man pleads guilty to federal drug, weapons charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Jackson County man is scheduled to be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to federal drug and weapons charges.

Christopher Spaulding, 47, faces five years to life in prison for his guilty pleas to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, Spaulding admitted that on Dec.19, 2018, in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Ripley, he took possession of a firearm from a cooperating witness.

At that time, authorities said Spaulding had meth and intended to trade it for the firearm. He also admitted to making calls from a jail to ask individuals to approach the witness in an effort to get the witness to change their story.

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 16.