Newport News man convicted of drug-related shootout

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man was convicted Friday for his part in a Hampton shootout related to drug trafficking.

A federal jury convicted Ryan Fultz, 33, of possessing and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Judge Henry C. Morgan, Jr. accepted the verdict, according to Margaret Jahn with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Fultz was indicted on March 13.

“According to court records, and evidence at trial, on December 27, 2011, Fultz was present during a planned drug deal in the Wal Mart parking lot located at Cunningham Drive,” Jahn said. “Fultz provided back-up to a drug dealer and when a dispute arose, he participated in a shootout with two other individuals.”

Fultz discharged a Bushmaster AR-15 high powered rifle during the shooting. More than 30 shots were exchanged.

Jahn said Fultz is the third participant federally prosecuted as a result of shooting incident. He faces a minimum of ten years on his firearm conviction, but due to his status as a career criminal, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Fultz will be sentenced on May 22.


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