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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
South District of West Virginia

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Michael B. Stuart
, United States Attorney

Putnam County Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Putnam County man who lied on an ATF Form in an attempt to obtain firearms pled guilty today, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.


“’Lyin’ and tryin’ or ‘lyin’ and buyin’ are serious federal offenses,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “All lawful citizens have a right to purchase a firearm.  Every citizen has an obligation to tell the truth when filling out the paperwork to obtain one.”


Stephen Charles Cyrus, 35, admitted that on March 20, 2018, he attempted to obtain four firearms from Ultimate Pawn & Performance.  On the ATF form he lied about whether he had been previously convicted of domestic violence.  Cyrus was prohibited from obtaining firearms under federal law because he was convicted of domestic battery on January 19, 2018 in Putnam County, West Virginia. 


Cyrus faces up to 5 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 29, 2019.


The ATF conducted the investigation. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor prosecuted the case.


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