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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Virginia
Christopher R. Kavanaugh, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Convicted Felon Sentenced to Nine Years for Illegally Possessing Firearm

ABINGDON, Va. — A Duffield man, whose criminal history includes 15 previous felony convictions that prohibit him from possessing firearms, was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for illegally possessing a revolver.

Lynn Edward Bowen, 46, pled guilty in October 2023 to one count of receiving any firearm affecting interstate or foreign commerce, while knowing or having a reasonable cause to believe such receipt would constitute a felony.

According to court documents, on June 16, 2022, Bowen was arrested outside of Glamorgan Church in Wise County in possession of a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver and a small quantity of methamphetamine. Bowen told the arresting officer he was a convicted felon and was aware that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. Bowen later informed officers he had been given the revolver from a friend earlier that month.

U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh and Special Agent in Charge Craig B. Kailimai of the Washington Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, made the announcement.

The ATF and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lena L. Busscher prosecuted the case.


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