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Feds: Sheriff's Killer Lied To Purchase Gun

June 27, 2013  | 

Photo of Tennis Maynard courtesy of West Virginia State Police.
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.


Comments (7)

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Tom Ret @ 6/27/2013 5:42 PM

What a shocker that this suspect lied to illegally obtain a firearm. If we only had another law (roll eyes).

Bob@Az. @ 6/27/2013 8:27 PM

Tom Ret, You've got to be kidding! Another law? I think maybe three or four more laws that we don't have the manpower to enforce would do the trick. Of course we'd have to make them swear on a potato under a full moon that they wouldn't lie. That would do it, right? Blues, Stay Safe.

Tom Ret @ 6/27/2013 8:42 PM

Bob-Of course I was kidding-did you not note my roll eyes at the end?

Trigger @ 6/28/2013 12:40 PM

Wow more gun control is what we need. Make the form short so people are not forced to lie.

Bob@Az. @ 6/30/2013 3:14 PM

Tom Ret, Of course I caught it, ergo my post as to having them swear on a potato........ We gotta keep laughing at these folks or we'll start crying. Blues, Stay Safe.

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/30/2013 6:23 PM

Lying on a form oh who would have thunk it. But this just gives them more charges to stack on the case. If a criminal wants a gun he will get a gun, it's even easier if more people have guns, then he just steals it. So may cops forget no matter where they go there is always at least one firearm in play...theirs.

Bob@Az. @ 6/30/2013 9:59 PM

ima, could the same be said of hammers? I personally would like to see a stricker requirement on the purchasing of hammers. You know international background checks, fingerprint scans, DNA tests, etc. And most of the people, including LEOs', I know have this really new item called a "gun safe"! Or locks on their weapons. Not all, but most. And don't get me started on baseball bats........Blues, Stay Safe.

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