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Putnam County Man Sentenced to Prison for Lying on ATF Form to Obtain Firearms

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Putnam County man was sentenced to prison for lying on an ATF form in an attempt to obtain firearms.  Stephen Cyrus, 35, sentenced to 5 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

“Persons with domestic violence convictions are prohibited from having firearms for good reason,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “And we are working with ATF to keep guns out of the wrong hands and prevent gun crimes.”

Cyrus previously admitted that on March 20, 2018, he attempted to obtain four firearms from Ultimate Pawn & Performance.  On the ATF form he lied about whether he had been previously convicted of domestic violence.  Cyrus was prohibited from obtaining firearms under federal law because he was convicted of domestic battery on January 19, 2018 in Putnam County, West Virginia.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives conducted the investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Taylor handled the prosecution.


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Updated July 29, 2019

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