Felon’s wife may serve time for providing husband with guns

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Authorities allege Verlyn Aponik claimed her husband got rid of the firearms, though exactly how is unclear.

Guam – They say that in marriage a woman is to support her husband and his endeavors, but for one woman that support may translate to jail time.

Verlyn Aponik is the wife of a convicted felon who was released after serving a stint in prison on drugs charges. As with all felons, a condition of release or parole is the revocation of the right to bear arms. This also means the home where the felon resides cannot have guns.

Apparently despite this knowledge, Aponik acquired not one, but four firearms that her husband was accessing.  According to court documents, one IWI Tauer .9 mm rifle, one Troy Par 233/556 rifle, and one Walter Uzi, .22 LR rifle were all purchased in June 2016.

When authorities made the discovery, Aponik had indicated that her husband had disposed of the guns, but how he disposed of them is unclear.

Court documents further state Aponik pleaded guilty to the unlawful sale of firearms to a felon, and in exchange for her cooperation in a federal investigation, the remaining counts of the indictment were dismissed.

Aponik faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment. She is scheduled to be sentenced on January 30, 2018.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.