YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A West Side man who pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge in September was sentenced to over five years in prison Friday.
Robert Burkey, 30, received a 63-month sentence from U.S. Judge John R. Adams in the U.S. Northern District Court of Ohio after pleading guilty Sept. 9 to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
That charge came after a federal grand jury indicted Burkey in June after a May 30 arrest by a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Canfield Post on Interstate 680 in Youngstown.
An affidavit in the case said the trooper pulled Burkey over for an “equipment violation and inside the SUV Burkey was driving, the trooper found THC gummies, suspected fentanyl, a scale with suspected fentanyl residue and a loaded .45-caliber handgun in the trunk where the spare tire was located.
The affidavit said Burkey told the trooper the gun was his brother’s and he did not know it was in the SUV. According to the affidavit, Burkey told the trooper his brother had a concealed carry permit, and he touched the gun when his brother first got it but that was all.
A week after he was arrested, the affidavit said investigators listened to a recorded phone call while Burkey was in the Mahoning County Jail between Burkey and an unidentified witness.
Inmates are warned that their calls are monitored and are subject to being reviewed.
On the portion of the recording in the affidavit, the witness seems to be berating Burkey for never listening and Burkey responds: “You listen, you act like I’m just riding around with it [gun] to ride around with it [gun].”
Investigators noted in their complaint that Burkey has two past criminal convictions that bar him from having or being around a firearm.
In 2009, he was convicted of robbery with a firearm specification in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and received a four year prison term.
In 2015, he pleaded guilty in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to being a felon in possession of a firearm and felonious assault and received a three year prison sentence.