LEXINGTON, KY - Two Frankfort, Ky., men who previously were convicted of selling firearms to felons were sentenced today to several months in prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced Phillip Akins, 56, to 10 months imprisonment including 5 months of home incarceration and John Patrick Wood, 44 to 12 months imprisonment, including 6 months of home incarceration for selling firearms to a convicted felon while employed at L&B Pawn. Each will be on supervised release for 2 years following their term of imprisonment. Akins was further ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.
According to the plea agreement Akins and Wood sold a firearm to a convicted felon on May 19, 2011 and August 18, 2011 at L&B Pawn. Also, according to the plea agreement they allowed a third person to fill out the necessary paperwork and represent that person was the true purchaser of the firearms when Akins and Wood knew the convicted felon was the actual purchaser and could not possess a firearm.
Akins and Wood pleaded guilty to the charges in January of 2012.
Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Paul J. Vido, Supervising Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Louisville Division, Lexington Office, jointly announced the sentences.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented by Hydee R. Hawkins (AUSA).