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New York man sentenced for unlawful possession of a firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Tyler M. Purvis-Mitchell, 22, of Albany, New York was sentenced to 19 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Purvis-Mitchell selected a firearm from Cashland II Pawn Shop and coordinated to have another individual purchase the firearm for him. That individual falsely represented that she was the actual buyer of the firearm and used money from Purvis-Mitchell to purchase the firearm. He pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Provide a False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm” in July 2016.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated November 18, 2016

Firearms Offenses