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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dawson Springs, Kentucky Felon Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Possession Of A Firearm And Ammunition

– Formerly convicted of two counts of 1st degree manslaughter

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A convicted felon, who resided in Dawson Springs, Kentucky was sentenced in United States District Court this week, by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Kevin Fitzgerald, age 49, pleaded guilty to a two count federal superseding indictment, returned by a federal grand jury meeting in Bowling Green, Kentucky on February 13, 2013. The charges included being a convicted felon with possession of ammunition, including one hundred rounds of Federal brand 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, one hundred rounds of Federal brand 20-gauge shotgun ammunition, and 20 rounds of Federal brand .30-06 shotgun ammunition. Further, Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to possession of a Ranger, 12-gauge double-barreled shotgun and eight rounds of Winchester/Western brand 12-gauge shotgun ammunition.

According to an Affidavit attached to a felony criminal complaint, Dawson Springs, Kentucky police executed a search warrant on December 19, 2011, on a residence where Fitzgerald had been residing, and during the search, officers located the Ranger, 12 gauge double-barreled shotgun and ammunition in a bedroom. In court yesterday, Fitzgerald admitted to owning the shotgun as well as the Federal brand ammunition, located on October 21, 2012 in Warren County, Kentucky.

Fitzgerald is a convicted felon, having been convicted of two counts of manslaughter in the first degree, in case number 85-CR-036 in Carroll Circuit Court, Carrollton, Kentucky, on or about July 7, 1986. He was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison.

This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Micah R. Reyner and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Dawson Springs, Kentucky Police Department.