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A Charleston felon caught with a loaded pistol in his possession has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

Curtis Watkins, 25, had admitted in October to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Goodwin said in September 2012 Watkins had a loaded 9-millimeter pistol near Sistah's Rib Shack on Charleston's west side. He had previously been convicted in October 2009 of felony possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and was still under federal supervision for the felony drug conviction when he was found with the gun.

Watkins received an additional sentence of 12 months, to be served consecutively to the felon-in-possession sentence, for violating the terms of his supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Charleston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Haley Bunn handled the prosecution. U.S. District Court Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. sentenced Watkins.