Branchland men sentenced in Barboursville gun thefts

November 11, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Two Branchland men found to be responsible for the theft of dozens of firearms from a Barboursville pawn shop were sentenced to federal prison Thursday.

According to information from the office of U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Robert Lee Reid, 23, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison and Jonathan Chafin, 18, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Reid previously entered guilty pleas to three counts of theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer and an additional count of possession of stolen firearms, while Chafin had entered a guilty plea to theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

On three separate occasions in 2017, Reid broke into Sportsmen’s Gun and Pawn at 6440 U.S. 60 in Barboursville to steal firearms, according to Stuart.

On May 15, Reid stole a total of 164 firearms, which he subsequently sold in Huntington. On Sept. 29, he stole an additional six firearms from Sportsmen’s, which he sold in the city’s Guyandotte neighborhood. Then, on Dec. 7, Reid stole 10 firearms from the pawn shop, after which he was picked up in a vehicle that later was stopped by a West Hamlin police officer, who found the stolen firearms.

Chafin previously pleaded guilty to assisting Reid in the December 2017 theft and was present in the vehicle when the firearms were recovered.

Reid was also ordered to pay more than $68,000 in restitution.

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