CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Mingo County man accused of gunning down Sheriff Eugene Crum in April will also face federal gun charges.
A federal grand jury indicted Tennis Melvin Maynard on illegal firearms possession charges Tuesday, more than two months after the shooting. Maynard already faces murder, attempted murder and fleeing charges on the state level.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced Tuesday evening the federal grand jury sitting in Charleston had handed down the indictment against Maynard, 37, of Delbarton.
Maynard was once committed to a mental institution, making it illegal for him to possess a gun. The new indictment also charges him with making a false statement in acquisition of a firearm.
If convicted, he faces up to 75 years in federal prison.
"My office remains thoroughly committed to keeping guns out of the hands of individuals who cannot legally have them," Goodwin said in a statement.
The indictment is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide effort to reduce gun crimes by networking existing programs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Loew is prosecuting the case.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had been investigating since the shooting occurred.
Goodwin told the Associated Press in April agents were looking into whether Maynard lied on the federal forms needed to get a gun permit. Federal law prohibits the sale of guns and ammunition to people with certain kinds of mental illness.