Photo of Tennis Maynard courtesy of West Virginia State Police.
The man accused of gunning down Mingo County (W.Va.) Sheriff
Eugene Crum while he ate lunch in his cruiser lied about his history of mental illness to obtain firearms on five separate occasions.
Tennis Maynard, who has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the killing of Sheriff Crum, made false statements when filling out a Form 4473, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The form is required by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to obtain a firearm and serves as the basis for a federal background check.
Prior to purchasing the firearms, the 37-year-old Maynard had been committed to a mental institution. A federal grand jury indicted Maynard on 10 counts. He faces up to 75 years in prison if convicted.