Possession and sale of stolen firearms and Possession of stolen goods
Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces that Robert Kier, Jr., age 39, and Cedric Bell, age 36, both of Valdosta, Georgia, and Troy Sirmans, age 42, of Wray, Georgia, each entered a plea of not guilty at arraignment in the United States District Court before the Honorable Thomas Q. Langstaff, United States Magistrate Judge, to a four count Indictment returned by the Federal Grand Jury on March 15, 2012. Bell and Sirmans were arraigned on March 28, 2012 and Kier was arraigned on April 10, 2012, before Judge Langstaff . A trial date will be schedule by the Court.
The indictment charges Kier and Bell with one count of possession and sale of stolen firearms under Title 18 United States Code, Sections 922(j) and 924(a)(2), and one count of possession of stolen firearms under the same federal statutes, two counts of possession of stolen goods which were moved interstate and valued at more than $5000 under Title 18 United States Code, Section 2315. Kier and Bell are each charged in Counts One, Two, Three and Four of the Indictment and Sirmans is charged in Counts One possession and sale of stolen firearms, Three and Four for possession of stolen goods.
The indictment alleges that the three men, aided and abetted by one another, possessed and sold fifteen (15) firearms which were stolen in Echols County, Georgia, in November 2010; that Kier and Bell, aided and abetted by one another, possessed seven (7) handguns stolen in Echols County in October 2010; and that all three possessed three (3) Polaris all-terrain vehicles which were stolen in Echols County in November 2010, and transported and recovered in Florida. All three are alleged to have possessed a Shearwater boat and trailer which was stolen in Marion County, Florida, and transported to Georgia in October 2010.
At initial appearance bond was set for Kier at $20,000.00 secured by 10 % ($2,000.00) cash. A $15,000.00 unsecured bond was set for Bell and Sirmans. Bell and Sirmans were arraigned on March 28, 2012 and Kier was arraigned on April 10, 2012, before Judge Langstaff.
Each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three (3) years supervised release.
An Indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The case was investigated by the Echols County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with a number of other South Georgia and Florida local law enforcement agencies, including the Lowndes County and Coffee County Sheriff’s Offices. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. McCullers.
Questions concerning this case should be directed to Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478)752-3511.