Triadelphia Resident Convicted On Federal Firearms Charge Defendant Faces Up To Ten Years In Prison
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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 44-year old Triadelphia, West Virginia, man was convicted this week by a federal jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, BRIAN BEHRENS was convicted of the felony offense of “Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm” after a two-day jury trial. Evidence was offered at trial showed that BEHRENS possessed a loaded Remington Model 700 7MM Caliber Magnum Hunting Rifle in a vehicle on McCutcheon Road in Ohio County while hunting for deer last November. BEHRENS was approached by a West Virginia Department of Natural Resources officer and initially provided a false name before acknowledging his true identity.
BEHRENS was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior felony conviction in federal court in West Virginia for “Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition after Conviction for Domestic Violence.”
BEHRENS, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Virginia DNR Law Enforcement Section.