Anchorage felon in possession of firearms gets four years

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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