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      Couple sentenced after fire leads to gun, drug arrest

      Andrew and Debra Brandwein were sentenced for illegal possession of firearms and tampering with evidence.

      A Jefferson City couple was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for illegal possession of firearms and tampering with evidence.

      Andrew David Brandwein, 39, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole. He was found guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms in August of 2013.

      His wife, Debra Louise Brandwein, 55, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison without parole. She pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence in August of 2013. She admitted she cleaned two jars that contained methamphetamine in order to protect her husband from prosecution.

      On January 8, 2011, a barn on the Brandwein property caught fire. When officers arrived on the scene, they found six firearms inside the home.

      Andrew Brandwein has multiple prior felony drug convictions. When he was arrested officers found several .223 shells and nearly $2,500 in his pockets.