Sex offender gun sale by Centreville cop nets 2 years in federal pen

News-DemocratSeptember 27, 2013 

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Centreville's former assistant police chief on Friday received a two-year sentence for lying to federal agents about selling a gun to a convicted sex offender.

Corey Allen, 31, pleaded guilty in April and on Friday was sentenced for lying about selling the gun. He could have faced up to five years in prison but the federal sentencing guidelines called for 24 to 30 months in prison.

The government's stipulation of facts states Allen sold a Hi-Point Model JHP 45 ACP semi-automatic pistol and two magazines for $100 to a person he knew had been convicted of a sex offense. Federal investigators got Allen on tape with the sex offender, who was wearing a wire, but then Allen repeatedly lied to investigators when they confronted him about it and even after they played him the tape of his admission.

Wearing a light grey suit, white shirt and dark blue, light blue and grey tie, Allen entered the courtroom just before 10 a.m. and walked to the defense table where he sat next to his public defender, Ethan Skaggs.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Weinhoeft, who prosecuted the case, argued for a 30-month sentence, saying Allen was a sworn cop whose job was to protect the public and instead of doing that he endangered it.

Allen asked to be assigned to the federal prison near Marion.

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