Pair Sentenced for Illegal Shortening of Stolen Shotguns

July 8, 2011 Updated Jul 8, 2011 at 5:40 PM EDT

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Pair Sentenced for Illegal Shortening of Stolen Shotguns

July 8, 2011 Updated Jul 8, 2011 at 5:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- A 21-year-old Java man and a 19-year-old Warsaw man were each sentenced in U.S. District Court on Friday to serve 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release after being convicted of illegally making firearms.

Daniel P. Lewandowski and William S. Webster were issued the sentence by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Maigret, who handled the case, stated that in July 2010, Lewandowski and Webster forced entry into the Wyoming Gun Center in Java Center and stole 16 firearms that were part of the inventory of the federally licensed firearms dealer.

Subsequently, the defendants illegally shortened the barrel and stock of two of the stolen firearms, both .410 shotguns.

On July 25, 2010, Lewandowski took one of the sawed off shotguns and, with another individual driving a vehicle, proceeded to shoot out several car windows and shoot at various signs and residences in Java Center. The resulting investigation by the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,& Explosives, resulted in the arrest of Lewandowski for these crimes of felony criminal mischief and the arrest of Lewandowski and Webster for the theft of the firearms and the illegal shortening of the two shotguns. All of the stolen firearms were recovered.

As a result of the burglary of his business and theft of his firearms, the owner closed the Wyoming Gun Center. Judge Arcara ordered the defendants to make restitution to the owner for damage to his store and the value of the two shotguns they illegally shortened.