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Plea of Guilty Entered to Stolen Firearms Charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2012

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Robert Kier, Jr., age 30, of Valdosta pleaded guilty on October 23, 2012, before Senior United States District Judge Hugh Lawson to One Count of Possession of Stolen Firearms under Title18 United States Code, Sections 922(j) and 924(a)(2) and One Count of Possession of Stolen Goods which were moved interstate and valued at more than $5000 under Title18 United States Code, Section 2315.

In entering the plea, Kier admitted that in October of 2010, he stole a Shearwater boat in Marion County, Florida, which he later sold in Coffee County, Georgia, and that he burglarized two homes in Echols County, Georgia, in October and November of 2010, where he stole 23 weapons, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns, and three Polaris all-terrain vehicles.  The weapons from one burglary were recovered in Coffee County and in Florida after a co-defendant attempted to sell some of them.  The ATVs were later recovered in Madison County, Florida in a trailer stolen from Lanier County, Georgia.  Kier also admitted that on Christmas Day of 2011 he stole a Ford truck in Madison County, Florida which was later recovered in Lowndes County, Georgia, following a wreck and admitted that he had stolen and been involved in the sale of numerous stolen vehicles and other items of equipment from various locations in Georgia and Florida.  Two co-defendants had earlier entered guilty pleas in connection with the case.

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.  Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date by the Court.

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 and the Madison and Marion County Sheriff’s Offices in Florida.  The case was 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) 621-2602.

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