Shawn Marshall Brewer, 23, of St. Ignace, Michigan, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell ordered Brewer to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison, and to pay a $100 special assessment. Brewer had pleaded guilty to the charge last November 8.
Brewer, a convicted felon on parole after a 2009 conviction for unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, was visited by his parole officer and law enforcement in August 2011. During this visit, Brewer was found in possession of a sawed-off 16 gauge shotgun, along with 38 knives, swords, a hatchet, a throwing star, and 16-gauge shotgun ammunition. The shotgun barrel had been cut down to just over 15 inches in length, and the shoulder stock had been replaced with a homemade pistol grip.
The Sault Sainte Marie Tribal Police, the Michigan State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D. Lochner prosecuted the case.