Gunman asleep at the wheel faces federal prison

May 17 – A 36-year-old Brunswick man goes to federal prison for an incident in August 2020 when city police found him asleep at the wheel with a gun in his pants.

Doen McWhorter pleaded guilty May 10 in U.S. District Court to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the Georgia Southern District Attorney’s Office. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, as well as up to $250,000 in fines and up to three years of federal supervision upon release.

McWhorter will be sentenced at a later date. He also faced federal drug trafficking charges, according to Brunswick police and federal authorities.

Brunswick patrol officers came across a parked vehicle blocking a city roadway on the evening of Aug. 26, 2020. Police found McWhorter asleep behind the wheel, then found a handgun in his pants. Police also charged him with possession of narcotics with intent to sell after allegedly finding cocaine in the vehicle.

McWhorter remained at the Glynn County Detention Center Monday.

He is among nearly 800 defendants over the past four years who have been charged with federal firearms crimes in the US Attorney’s Southern District of Georgia. Most of these charges involve the possession of firearms by convicted felons.

“Our aggressive stance toward those who illegally possess firearms is a key part of our efforts to reduce violent crime in the Southern District,” said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. “Identifying and removing illegally held guns from our streets automatically makes our communities safer.”