CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Fayette County felon will serve nearly three and a half years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm.
Brian L. Koch, 31, who had pleaded guilty to the charge in February, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston.
On Jan. 10, 2012, members of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department arrived at Koch's cabin near Ansted to execute an arrest warrant. They entered, discovered him holding a rifle and ordered him to drop it.
Koch repeatedly failed to comply and also struck a police dog with the barrel of the gun.
As he turned toward the officers, a Fayette County sheriff's deputy fired two shots, one of which struck Koch in the arm.
He was arrested, and officers found at least seven more firearms inside the cabin.
His prior convictions were for grand larceny in March 2005 and uttering in October 2004.The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police and the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney John File handled the prosecution.