The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

April 18, 2013

Felon sentenced to prison for possessing firearm

VICTOR — A Fayette County felon who failed to comply with repeated orders to drop a firearm during the execution of a warrant for his arrest in January 2012 was sentenced Wednesday to three years and five months in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm.

Brian L. Koch, 31, of Victor, previously pleaded guilty in February to being a felon in possession of a firearm. On January 10, 2012, members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department arrived at a cabin located near Chestnutburg Road in Fayette County to execute an arrest warrant on the defendant.

After entering the cabin, law enforcement officers discovered Koch holding a rifle.

Law enforcement ordered the defendant to drop the firearm. Court records say Koch repeatedly failed to comply with orders to drop the firearm and also struck a police dog with the barrel of his rifle.

As Koch turned toward responding officers, a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy fired two shots, one of which struck the defendant in the arm. Koch was placed under arrest.

Officers also found at least seven additional firearms inside of the cabin that belonged to Koch.

Koch was previously convicted in March 2005 in Fayette County Circuit Court of grand larceny and in October 2004 of uttering. The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

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