By Steve Neavling
A Tennessee man who impersonated a deputy U.S. marshal was sentenced to 46 months in prison on Thursday.
Bobby Rowe Maggard, Jr., 47, of Bristol was a registered bonding agent when he posed as a deputy marshal using a fake badge and patch that he had purchased online.
He said he impersonated a marshal to “scare (people) into telling the truth” when he was working for a bonding company in Tennessee. He also admitted to identifying as a marshal to get repairs for an Apple watch.
Maggard was also convicted of possessing a firearm by a felon.
He was convicted of grand larceny in August 2000.
When law enforcement searched his home, they found eight firearms – three Glock pistols, four AR-style rifles, and a 12-gauge tactical shotgun.
“The impersonation of a Deputy U.S. Marshal, while armed and after having been convicted of a felony offense, placed the public in danger,” U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III said in a news release. “Our office will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who engage in this conduct.”
The case was investigated by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, and ATF.