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FAYETTE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 60 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Sidney Guy Owens, 33, of Minden, Fayette County, W.Va., was sentenced today to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Owens admitted that on November 21, 2009, he attempted to sell three stolen firearms to an undercover West Virginia State trooper in Oak Hill, W.Va.  Owens was prohibited from possessing firearms by virtue of his aggravated robbery conviction in the Circuit Court of Wood County in 1998 and grand larceny and escape convictions in the Circuit Court of Pocahontas County in 2001. 

This case was investigated by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution. 

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

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