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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 30, 2018

Mingo County Felon Sentenced to Federal Prison for Gun Crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Mingo County felon was sentenced today to a year and a month in federal prison for a gun charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Robert Lee Brewer, 58, of Kermit, previously pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“Just like the saying, ‘Nothing good happens after midnight,’” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Nothing good happens when a convicted felon possesses stolen firearms. We will prosecute these cases every day of the week in an effort to make our communities safer.”

On January 20, 2017, deputies with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office went to Brewer’s house to investigate a report that he had purchased a stolen gun. During an interview with law enforcement, Brewer admitted that he bought the gun, an F.I.E., Model E15, .22 caliber revolver. He further admitted that he knew he was not supposed to possess guns because of his felony conviction. Brewer additionally admitted that he had a rifle in his residence, and gave deputies permission to search. Deputies located the rifle, a Savage Arms, Model Mark II, .22 caliber rifle in Brewer’s house.

Through further investigation of pawn shop records, law enforcement determined that the .22 rifle was also stolen. Furthermore, Brewer admitted that in November 2016, he had another stolen firearm, a CBC, Model 715T, .22 caliber rifle, in his residence. Brewer was prohibited from possessing any firearms under federal law because of a 2012 conviction in Mingo County Circuit Court for delivery of hydrocodone.

Assistant United States Attorney Clint Carte is responsible for the prosecution. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated July 30, 2018