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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 26, 2013

Anchorage Man sentenced to 60 months in prison for felon in possession of firearm conviction

Anchorage, Alaska-U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a man from Anchorage was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Menes Weightman, 34, from Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced August 23, 2013, by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason to 60 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release.  Weightman had previously pled guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Cavanaugh, who prosecuted the case, in December 2012, Anchorage Police responded to a residence in Anchorage to investigate a report of an individual being threatened with a firearm.  Weightman was contacted at the residence and was found in possession of a stolen sawed off shotgun, a .38 caliber revolver, and ammunition.  Weightman has 3 prior felony convictions punishable by more than one year imprisonment, and is prohibited under federal law from possessing guns.

Prior to imposing a sentence, Judge Gleason informed Weightman that she hoped this sentence would deter him from committing similar crimes in the future and that this would protect the public from Weightman’s criminal behavior while he is in prison.

Ms. Loeffler commended the Anchorage Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Weightman.

Updated January 29, 2015