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Mingo man sentenced in gun crime

August 3, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A Mingo County, West Virginia, man was sentenced to federal prison time Monday after he admitted to illegally possessing a firearm because of a previous criminal drug conviction.

Robert Lee Brewer, 57, of Kermit, was sentenced to serve a year and one month in federal prison after previously having pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, on Jan. 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.

Under federal law, Brewer is prohibited from possessing any firearms because of a 2012 conviction in Mingo County Circuit Court for delivery of hydrocodone.

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