A Kewanna man was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court to two years and three months in prison and two years of supervised release after a jury found him guilty of making false statements during firearm acquisition. Court documents indicate Eric M. Gainer, 45, tried to buy a Rossi 410/22 gun on Oct. 1, 2012 from a firearms dealer. He’s a convicted felon with a past misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence against and was at the time under a court restraining order prohibiting him from stalking or threatening his child or an intimate partner. Gainer filled out an ATF Form 4473 prior to the attempted purchase and did not disclose his criminal history. An investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms led to his arrest and conviction.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.