GREENSBORO – RYAN ROBERT AUGHENBAUGH was sentenced today to a total of 142 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Sandra J. Hairston of the Middle District of North Carolina (MDNC).
AUGHENBAUGH was indicted in November 2022, and pleaded guilty to the single-count Indictment on July 17, 2023.
AUGHENBAUGH was sentenced to a 115-month term of imprisonment for the felon in possession charge by the Honorable Thomas D. Schroeder, United States District Judge in the United States District Court for the MDNC. In addition, Judge Schroeder sentenced AUGHENBAUGH for two supervised release violations, imposing terms of 27 and 24 months, to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the 115-month sentence.
This case arises from an investigation by the Greensboro Police Department (GPD) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. According to documents filed in the case and evidence presented at sentencing, on June 29, 2022, GPD responded to a call reporting someone breaking into cars on Westhaven Drive. As officers approached, AUGHENBAUGH - who matched the description of the suspect given by the caller – attempted to flee on foot. He was taken to the ground, and during the ensuing struggle, AUGHENBAUGH discharged a gun, hitting himself in the leg and wounding one of the officers. Officers ultimately recovered two guns from AUGHENBAUGH, both of which had been reported stolen.
As of June 29, 2022, AUGHENBAUGH had been convicted of a crime punishable by more than a year in prison. Most notably, on April 22, 2016, he was sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon by the Hon. Catherine C. Eagles in case number 1:15CR406-1 [MDNC]. He also received a sentence of 24 months of imprisonment on December 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, for bank fraud in case number 7:15CR98-1.
The case was prosecuted by First Assistant United States Attorney Randall S. Galyon and former Assistant United States Attorney Tanner Kroeger.