Cleveland, Virginia Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charges

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A Russell County man, who was prohibited from possessing firearms due to previous criminal convictions, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon after previously pleading guilty to federal firearms charges, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Roger Allen Combs, 51, of Cleveland, Virginia, previously pled guilty to one count of possession of an explosive device by a convicted felon, one count of possession of a firearm not registered on the National Firearms Registry and Transfer Record and one count of being a convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm. Today in District Court, Combs was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison.

“The first crucial step in making our communities safer is getting illegal guns out of the hands of prohibited users and off the streets,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “We will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to find these illegal guns and get them off the streets.”

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Russell County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian Patton, Combs, who has several prior criminal convictions, was observed by law enforcement coming in and out of a storage unit in Russell County with a bag. Law Enforcement officers executed a traffic stop on a vehicle Combs was traveling in and found a firearm. Based on that evidence, officers obtained a search warrant for the storage unit where they found several guns, parts of guns, ammunition and a blasting cap.

The investigation of the case was conducted by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. Russell County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian Patton prosecuted the case for the United States.

Press Release via U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia