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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Alaska

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For Immediate Release

October 31, 2011

Karen L. Loeffler, United States Attorney

Contact: Jack Schmidt, Assistant U.S. Attorney
907-796-0402
jack.schmidt@usdoj.gov

Juneau Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that a Juneau man was sentenced in federal court in Juneau to seven years in prison for his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On October 31, 2011, Timothy Paul Beagle, 41, a resident of Juneau, Alaska, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy M. Burgess.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, who prosecuted the case, Beagle was found to be a convicted felon who attempted to sell semiautomatic assault rifles and handguns that he owned to an undercover informant during several purchases of marijuana from Beagle. Beagle has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1988, with numerous misdemeanor convictions and seven prior felony convictions involving theft, burglary, false information, and drug distribution. In addition to Beagle’s numerous criminal convictions, he failed to meet the requirements of his probation resulting in lengthy prison sentences for his prior felony conduct. All firearms and ammunition were forfeited as a result of his criminal conviction.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Burgess considered the serious nature of Beagle’s crime and noted that the sentence imposed was needed to deter the defendant and others similarly situated as the defendant and to promote respect for the law.

Ms. Loeffler commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Juneau Police Department’s Metro Drug Unit for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Beagle.

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Prepared by Chuck Farmer, 907-271-4274, chuck.farmer@usdoj.gov