BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. on Thursday announced the sentencing of a Taylor County, Kentucky man this week by United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers, to 30 months in prison, the maximum sentence for the offenses charged under the federal sentencing guidelines, for multiple counts of firearm violations.
Christopher Cox, of Campbellsville, previously pleaded guilty to an eight count indictment on November 23, 2015. Cox pleaded guilty to four charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and four charges of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
According to information presented in court to support the felony charges, Cox was previously convicted on June 4, 2002, in Taylor Circuit Court, of the felony offense of possession of marijuana while in possession of a firearm. On January 13, 2009, in Madison County District Court, located in Richmond, Kentucky, Cox was convicted of assault in the 4th degree (domestic violence). Cox pleaded guilty to an altercation with his then girlfriend in which he had attempted to choke her while driving a vehicle. The Police Report noted “visible red marks” on the woman’s neck.
Cox came to the attention of law enforcement when he purchased a 9mm pistol from a Campbellsville shop without filling out the proper paperwork (Form 4473). The shop owner notified law enforcement who noticed Cox had a previous felony conviction. Further, around the same time of the purchase of the pistol, law enforcement uncovered that Cox had pawned three long guns at a pawn shop in Campbellsville. Those firearms were a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, a Mossberg 20 gauge shotgun, and a Remington bolt-action rifle. Cox had purchased the guns from a store in Lexington using a stolen social security number.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ream and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in connection with the Campbellsville Police Department.