A former sheriff’s deputy from Mason County admitted he stole a World War II-era Luger 9mm pistol — a sidearm used by Nazi officers — and later sold it for $2,500, rather than entering the item into evidence as he was supposed to.
Terry Lee Powell, 42, faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen firearm in U.S. District Court in Huntington on Tuesday, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart.
As part of his plea, Powell told the court he stole the weapon in July 2015 while he was searching a home in Ashton as part of a case. He then sold the weapon to Eugene Asbury of Gallipolis Ferry, according to Stuart’s office.
State Police discovered the pistol and learned of the theft in 2016. At that time, Powell was already the subject of an internal investigation at the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, Stuart said.
The state police were investigating Asbury on drug and money laundering charges, and he has entered a guilty plea in the case, according to the statement.
Asbury will be sentenced in July. Powell will be sentenced in September.