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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


MATT J. WHITWORTH


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JULY 17, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


RUSSELLVILLE FATHER, SON INDICTED FOR ILLEGAL FIREARMS


FATHER ALSO CHARGED WITH WITNESS TAMPERING


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a father and son from Russellville, Mo., were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in separate cases, for illegally possessing firearms and for possessing stolen firearms.


            Dale Scott Olten, Sr., 46, of Russellville, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City.


            Today’s indictment alleges that Olten, having been convicted of a felony, was in possession of 29 rifles, shotguns and handguns on Feb. 27, 2009. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Olten has prior felony convictions for burglary, resisting arrest, stealing and receiving stolen property.


            Olten is also charged with being in possession of stolen firearms, and with tampering with a witness. According to the indictment, Olten wrote in a letter to his son, Dale Scott Olten, Jr., that a witness in both his case and his son’s case needed to be “taught a lesson.” He urged his son to have someone contact the witness, the indictment says, with the intent to influence, delay and prevent his testimony.


            Dale Scott Olten, Jr., 20, of Russellville, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City.


            Today’s indictment alleges that from July 15, 2008, through Feb. 27, 2009, Olten, Jr., was in possession of five semi-automatic pistols while he was an unlawful user of marijuana. Olten, Jr., is also charged with being in possession of stolen firearms.


            Whitworth cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. They were investigated by the sheriff’s departments in Cole County, Moniteau County, Callaway County and Miller County, the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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