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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 17, 2014

Huntington Felon Sentenced To Federal Prison For Illegal Possession Of Firearms

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a Huntington man was sentenced today to three years and five months in federal prison for unlawfully acquiring five guns from a Huntington pawn shop.  Estill Timothy Slone, 46, previously pled guilty in federal court in Huntington to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On February 26, 2014, Slone and Brittany Amanda Hewlett went to a Huntington pawn shop to buy five guns.  Hewlett completed the required federal firearms form on which she lied claiming to be the actual purchaser of the guns when she knew the guns were really for Slone.  Hewlett had agreed to acquire the guns for Slone who was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he was a convicted felon.  On March 4, 2014, Slone and Hewlett returned to the pawn shop to complete the transaction.  The guns were delivered to Slone by an undercover ATF agent, after which Slone was immediately arrested. 

Hewlett was sentenced in August of 2014 to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment for her role in this offense.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by working with existing local programs that target gun crime.

Updated January 7, 2015