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

Monday, November 21, 2016

Kanawha County felon caught by homeowner during break-in sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison

Homeowner confronted defendant in the residence and detained him on the ground until law enforcement arrived

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Kanawha County man who violated his federal supervised release by breaking into a house and stealing a pistol was sentenced to federal prison today, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Travis Lee Hudnall, 32, previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. In today’s hearing, he was sentenced to three years and ten months in federal prison for that offense. He was also sentenced to an additional year in prison for violating his federal supervised release. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Hudnall admitted that on June 7, 2016, he broke into a residence in Hansford and stole a computer tablet and a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson Model SW40C pistol. Hudnall additionally admitted that he stole a chainsaw from the surrounding property. As Hudnall was leaving the residence, the homeowner arrived and confronted Hudnall. Following a struggle, the homeowner detained Hudnall on the ground until law enforcement arrived. Hudnall was prohibited under federal law from possessing any firearm because of two previous felony convictions, one in Kanawha County Circuit Court for daytime entering without breaking and another in federal court in the Southern District of West Virginia for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The investigation was conducted by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald is responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., imposed the sentence.

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 networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

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Updated November 21, 2016