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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kentucky Man Sentenced On Gun Charges

Luke Thompson Will Spend 48 Months In Federal Prison

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA -- A Kentucky man, who previously pleaded guilty to being a previously convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm and stealing firearms from a Federally licensed firearms dealer, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

Luke Adam Thompson, age 29, of Murray, Kentucky, was sentenced yesterday to 48 months of federal incarceration. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,000. This case was the result of a joint investigation by the Hillsville, Virginia Police Department and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to evidence presented by Assistant United States Attorney Zach Lee at previous hearings, at about 1 a.m. on September 17, 2011, Hillsville police received a report of a breaking and entering in progress at Gardner’s Pawn Shop.

Police responded and found the front door of the pawn shop was broken and damaged. They apprehended Thompson as he exited out the back door and attempted to flee on foot. Thompsonwas attempting to steal firearms. When officers first spotted him, Thompson was carrying two firearms he had stolen from inside the shop, and he had placed four additional firearms into a bag.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Hillsville, Virginia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary Lee and Special Assistant United States Attorney Bert Meyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated April 14, 2015