Two Federal Crime Briefs

Two Federal Crime Briefs

<sh>Youth Soccer Coach Sentenced

<bt>Christopher H. Allen was sentenced Friday, Jan. 27 in federal court to 41 months in prison and 25 years of supervised release for possession of child pornography.

Allen, 36 of Fairfax, was a former coach of an under-10 girls soccer team with the Springfield Youth Club.

U.S. District Court Judge Leonie M. Brinkema sentenced Allen for possession of computer image files of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. A few digital photographs possessed by Allen were altered to make it appear that the girls were engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

<sh>Felon Convicted for Firearm Possession

<bt>James Arness Erby faces life in prison after being convicted by a U.S. District Court jury on four separate counts on Jan. 18. Erby is scheduled to be sentenced on April 28 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Erby, a convicted felon, shot and killed James Ridley outside a Springfield Subway restaurant on Dec. 30, 2004, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. He used the same firearm that he had used to shoot another individual on Oct. 15, 2004 in Spotsylvania County where he traveled to sell ecstasy, according to the press reports.

Erby was convicted for two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of conspiracy to distribute ecstasy, and one count of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.