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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Topeka Man Sentenced On Federal Firearm Charge

TOPEKA, KAN. - A Topeka man has been sentenced to federal prison on a firearm charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Joseph S. Buschbom, 31, Topeka, Kan., was sentenced Thursday to 41 months in prison. Buschbom pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. In his plea, he admitted that he possessed a .380 caliber handgun on June 12, 2013, when drove into a driver’s license check lane being operated by the Topeka Police Department. He recognized one of the officers and said to him: “Give me a break.” Then he tried to drive away from the check lane with an officer partly inside in the car window. Buschbom yelled, “I can’t get stopped, I have a gun in my waistband.” Officers found later that the car was stolen and there was an outstanding warrant for Buschbom’s arrest.

Grissom commended the Topeka Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot for their work on the case.