Ky. man pleads guilty to gun charges | Crime
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A Christian County, Ky. resident pleaded guilty in United States District Court Wednesday, July 10, before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, to charges of possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of firearms by a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence.
According to David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, Lawrence E. Bussell, 45, pleaded guilty to a three count indictment, returned by a grand jury meeting in Paducah, Ky., on Oct. 9, 2012.
Hale said Bussell was charged with the illegal possession of 11 guns, including an AR-15 type rifle and an Iraqi machine gun, which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Bussell had been previously convicted of spouse abuse on two occasions in the District Court of Christian County, Ky. He was convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (assault 4th degree) on May 13, 1994 and again on Aug. 24, 1994.
In court, Bussell admitted to knowingly possessing, on Nov. 5, 2009, a Yankee Hill Machine Co., Model YHM-15f, .223 caliber semi-automatic AR-15 type rifle. Further, Bussell admitted to knowingly possessing, on Aug. 7, 2012, eleven firearms including; a Smith and Wesson, Model M&P 15m .223 caliber rifle; a Remington Arms Model 1100, 12 gauge shotgun; a Leinad, Inc., Model MM11, 9mm rifle; a Leinad, Inc., Model DS, 410 gauge shotgun; a Roman/Cugir, Model GP WASR-10, 7.62 caliber rifle; a Taurus, Model 669, .357 caliber handgun; a Mossberg, Model 500, 12 gauge shotgun; a Remington Arms, Model 870, 12 gauge shotgun; a HiPoint, Model C9, 9mm handgun; and an Iraqi unknown make and model machine gun.
According to Hale, Bussell faces up to 30 years in prison, a maximum fine of $750,000 and supervised release of up to three years. Bussell forfeited to the United States all firearms and ammunition involved in the commission of the offenses in counts one through three of the indictment.
Bussell will be sentenced on Oct. 10, 2013, at noon, in Paducah, by Senior Judge Russell.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James H. Barr and was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
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