West Virginia Cop Gets Prison Time for Illegal Gun Possession & Sale

Former Mason County sheriff sentenced after stealing historic gun.

West Virginia Cop Gets Prison Time for Illegal Gun Possession & Sale
Photo from Mason County Sheriff Twitter.

HUNTINGTON, WV – West Virginia cop, Terry Lee Powell, was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday after confessing to having in his possession a gun he stole during an investigation. The gun, a World War II-era Luger, was taken by the cop and he later sold the gun to a man already under investigation for illegal activity.

42-year-old Powell was sentenced to a mere five months in federal prison. After serving the five months, Powell will serve an additional six months in home confinement for stealing and then selling the firearm.

Mike Stuart, U. S. Attorney, admitted to lifting the gun on July 4, 2015. He took it from a home on Ultra Lane in Ashton, WV as “part of an investigation.” Rather than logging the gun as evidence as protocol indicates, Powell took the gun and sold it to Eugene Asbury for $2500. Asbury lives in Gallipolis Ferry, WV.

Asbury, who was already under investigation for drug trafficking, admitted to authorities he purchased the gun from Powell. Asbury pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges as a result of the investigation into his activities by the West Virginia State Police.

Gregory Powers, Mason County Sheriff and Powell’s boss, was investigating Powell internally when he learned that WV State Police troopers found the gun. They connected the gun to the West Virginia cop during their federal search warrant at Asbury’s home.

“The overwhelming majority of our law enforcement officers conduct themselves with honor and integrity, and this United States Attorney will have their backs every single day,” Stuart said. “However, when a law enforcement official breaks the law, my office will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. For a law enforcement officer such as Powell to steal a gun and sell it to a drug dealer is unconscionable, a violation of public trust, a rebuke of the very law he swore to uphold, and a disgrace to his fellow officers.”