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Nigerian Citizen Convicted of Gun Crimes in Wichita



April 18, 2012

WICHITA, KAN. – A federal jury today found a Nigerian citizen who has been living in Wichita guilty of gun crimes, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Osayuwame Bazuaye, 20, was convicted on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a person who is not a citizen of the United States, and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition by a person who is not a citizen of the United States. During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Bazuaye was in the country on a non-immigrant F-1 student visa on Jan. 8, 2012, when he possessed a 9 mm pistol and ammunition.

Sentencing will be set for a later date. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count, followed by deportation.

Grissom commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster for their work on the case.



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