Mason cop sentenced to prison for illegal gun possession
HUNTINGTON — A former Mason County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday after admitting to illegally possessing a firearm he had taken as evidence during an investigation and later sold to a man who had also been conducting illegal activity.
Terry Lee Powell, 42, of Point Pleasant, was sentenced to serve five months in federal prison, followed by six months of home confinement for possession of a stolen firearm.
According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Powell admitted he had seized a World War II-era Luger 9mm pistol July 4, 2015, from a home on Ultra Lane in Ashton, West Virginia, as part of an investigation. Instead of logging the weapon into evidence, Powell sold it for $2,500 to Eugene Asbury in Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia.
Asbury later pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges as a result of a West Virginia State Police investigation.
Mason County Sheriff Gregory Powers had been conducting an internal investigation of Powell when he learned West Virginia state troopers found evidence of the theft and sale of the pistol while executing a federal search warrant at Asbury’s home.