A Bethel tattoo artist was sentenced to four years in prison for being a felon with firearms. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 43-year-old John Robert Weber, also known as “JRob” or “The Dragon Master”, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Anchorage. The sentencing follows his conviction in August.
Weber has felony convictions in Alaska, Oregon, and Nevada, which means he should not have been in possession of firearms. However, in August of 2010, he was found to have two shotguns and one rifle at his tattoo shop in Bethel. That was after Alaska State Troopers found 11 ounces of marijuana in his luggage, which he had brought with him from Anchorage. After they found the drugs, Troopers searched his residence and found the firearms.
U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland imposed the 4-year sentence. He said that Weber was at a serious risk to re-offend, given his lengthy criminal history. However, the judge said Weber did not have a history of violence against others or a history of using firearms to facilitate his crimes.
Weber’s sentencing is part of a continued effort to enforce laws that penalize felons with firearms. It’s known as the District of Alaska’s Rural Prosecution Initiative, a part of the Department of Justice’s commitment to improve public safety for rural Alaska and Alaskan tribal communities.