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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Crawford County Man Arrested On Federal Firearm Charge

WICHITA, KAN. - A man from Crawford County, Kan., was arrested Tuesday on federal firearm charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

James D. Russian, 56, Pittsburg, Kan., is charged in U.S. District Court in Wichita with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 27, 2013, in Crawford County.

The indictment alleges Russian unlawfully possessed a 9 mm handgun, 82 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and eighteen 20 gauge shotgun cartridges.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge involving the handgun and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge with the ammunition. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.