Suspected Weapons Dealer Gets 5 Years in Federal Prison

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A suspected weapons dealer will spend more than five years in prison for a conviction of possessing firearms and ammunition as a felon.

Tyler Perkins, 25, of Stratford was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 63 months in federal prison. Perkins pleaded guilty to the charges on April 9, 2014.

According to court documents authorities received a tip that a convicted felon, Perkins, had been selling weapons at his Stratford home. Investigators executed a search warrant in January. Inside, they say they found six loaded weapons, along with meth, and THC.

Marathon County court documents say detectives believe he may have made the silencer on a gun used to kill another man on Jan. 3.

According to a press release, John Lewis, 30, is the suspect in the shooting of K.C. Elliot, 27. Police say Elliot was shot in the parking lot of Sidetracked Bar in Wausau. He later died at a nearby hospital. Click here to read more about the homicide investigation.

Investigators say Lewis fled the scene but was eventually arrested. The gun involved is believed to be small caliber, possibly a .22 pistol, however the weapon has not yet been located.

Investigators say a silencer located at Perkin's home was identical to photograph from Lewis' phone.

Perkins told investigators he had made the silencer. Court documents say the device was unique because a nut screwed into the handgun.

Perkins told police the silencer had been missing for four weeks, but three weeks ago, after Lewis' arrest, he found sitting in a bag on his doorstep.

Perkins admitted he and Lewis' were friends, however he had not sold him any guns.

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