UPDATE: Huntington Man Sentenced for Illegal Gun Purchases

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/18/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man has been sentenced to three years and five months in federal prison for unlawfully acquiring five guns from a Huntington pawn shop.

Estill Timothy Slone, 46, previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Federal prosecutors say that in February, Slone and Brittany Amanda Hewlett went to a Huntington pawn shop to buy five guns.

Hewlett completed the required federal firearms form on which she lied claiming to be the actual purchaser of the guns when she knew the guns were really for Slone. Hewlett had agreed to acquire the guns for Slone who was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he was a convicted felon.

On March 4, Slone and Hewlett returned to the pawn shop to complete the transaction. The guns were delivered to Slone by an undercover ATF agent, after which Slone was arrested in the store parking lot.

Slone was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a 1996 rape conviction in Ohio, according to investigators.

He is also a registered sex offender in West Virginia, according to State Police.

Hewlett was sentenced in August of 2014 to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment for her role in the purchase.

UPDATE 8/26/14 @ 3:12 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Wayne County woman has been sentenced, to 12 months and one day in federal prison for her role in helping a convicted felon acquire five firearms from a Huntington pawn shop.

Brittany Amanda Hewlett, 25, learned her sentence Monday in U.S District Court in Huntington

In May, Hewlett pleaded guilty to making a false statement in acquisition of a firearm.

Court documents say on Feb. 26, Hewlett and 45-year-old Estill Timothy Slone went to a Huntington pawn shop to buy five guns.

Hewlett completed a federally required form, and claimed that she was buying the guns for herself when, in fact, the guns were for Slone.

Hewlett had previously agreed to buy the guns, understanding that they would be given to Slone who was legally prohibited from buying or possessing guns.

On March 4, when Hewlett and Slone returned to the pawn shop to finalize the gun purchase, an undercover federal agent was present and posed as the sales clerk.

Agents arrested Slone in the store parking lot.

Both were indicted by a federal grand jury in late March.

Slone was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a 1996 rape conviction in Ohio.

He is also a registered sex offender in West Virginia, according to State Police.

Slone's case is pending in federal court.

UPDATE 3/5/14 @ 10:50 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The manager of a Huntington pawn shop said there were signs something was amiss before a man was arrested there for illegally buying guns.

On Tuesday, undercover ATF officials and police arrested 45-year-old Estill Timothy Slone of Huntington in the shop's parking lot.

That was after investigators said he tried to use his credit card to buy guns in someone else's name.

Officials say Slone is a convicted felon and cannot own a firearm.

Store managers say Slone was hostile and had to be removed from the store twice before the arrest.

That's when they contacted police.

"He was actually the one looking at the firearms, but not the one purchasing them," Tri-State Pawn Shop Manager Cody Williams said. "That's how we discovered it was fraudulent."

Store workers say Slone also tried to bypass the background check system by having someone else fill out the paperwork, which was another tip-off.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/4/14 @ 10:57 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- ATF agents and Huntington Police arrested a man on Tuesday who they believe was illegally buying handguns from a local pawn shop.

Federal agents arrested Estill Timothy Slone, 45, of Huntington, for being a felon in the possession of firearm, according to court documents.

The arrest happened Tuesday at Tri-State Pawn and Jewelry in the 500 block of 4th Avenue.

The affidavit filed in U.S. District Court says Slone was arrested after he took possession of five firearms that were carried out to him from the store by an undercover agent. The federal agent says Slone was sitting in his vehicle in the store parking lot when he received the guns.

At that time Slone told the agent, "Give me the those guns, I got to go."

As Huntington Police and ATF agents were waiting on Slone at the store, James Rollins watched it all unfold from across the street.

"As soon as {the agents} saw a blue pickup at Tri-State they immediately pulled out, swung around blocking the vehicle in and then another truck came in behind that," Rollins said.

A statement from the store says:
"Tri State Pawn and Jewelry takes seriously it's role in the purchase and sale of firearms. We understand the responsibility we have to the community to keep firearms out of the hands of persons who are banned from ownership.

We had a situation where a person attempted to purchase five hand guns in another persons name as he was barred from purchase.

Rather than look the other way and allow the transaction to occur, our alert staff contacted the appropriate authorities. We assisted the ATF and the Huntington Police Department to investigate the case and make an arrest.

Tri-State Pawn and Jewelry values its role in the community and will always support a citizen’s right to lawfully purchase and own firearms.”

Slone was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to 1996 rape conviction in Ohio.

He is also a registered sex offender in W.Va. according to State Police.

WSAZ.com caught up with Slone's girlfriend. She claims the guns were in her name, not Slone's.

She said she was also arrested on an unrelated warrant, but was later released.

Slone has a hearing in federal court Wednesday morning.

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