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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Roanoke Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm Charge

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today the sentencing of a Roanoke man who previously pled guilty to a federal firearms charge.

Pierce Yarnell Brown, 38, of Roanoke, Va., pled guilty in March to one count of being a previously convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm.  Yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, Brown was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison. 

“We continue to be committed to taking illegal guns out of the hands of prohibited users like Mr. Brown and off our streets,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “In order to keep our communities safe, we must rid them of illegal firearms and those who possess them.”

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Roanoke City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Bassford prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated June 28, 2016