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Anchorage felon in possession of firearms gets four years

Posted: August 24, 2011 - 5:30pm

U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that an Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 48 months in prison for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Wednesday, Brian Sherrod Lewis, 36, a resident of Anchorage, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy M. Burgess.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Erin White, who prosecuted the case, said Lewis was proven to be a convicted felon who possessed and sold an AK-47 style rifle to another person. During the sale, Lewis claimed that the firearm was fully automatic, though testing revealed that it was a semi-automatic weapon. The firearm had been reported as stolen during a residential robbery that took place in 2008. During that robbery, three masked males, one of whom was armed with a firearm, forced their way into an occupied residence and stole the AK-47, along with several rounds of ammunition. Lewis also participated in the sale of two more firearms, a Hi-Point model CF, .380 ACP caliber pistol and an Izhmash Model SAIGA, .223 Remington caliber rifle. In 1997, Lewis was convicted of first-degree robbery, a felony in Alaska.

Loeffler commended the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and the Anchorage Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Lewis.

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