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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BETH PHILLIPS


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

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JULY 14, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


LICKING MAN INDICTED FOR ARSON,

ILLEGAL FIREARM


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Licking, Mo., was indicted by a federal grand jury today for arson and for illegally possessing a firearm.


            Steven Oakley Price, 40, of Licking, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo.


            Today’s indictment alleges that, on May 11, 2010, Price set a fire that damaged a 1999 Wabash National Corporation 53-foot dry van trailer, which was attached behind a 2006 Volvo 18-wheel commercial tractor trailer rig in Kingdom City, Mo.


            Price is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Price, who has been convicted of a felony, was allegedly in possession of a Remington .22-caliber bolt-action rifle on June 24, 2010. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Price has two prior felony convictions for theft, as well as felony convictions for arson, burglary and hot check personal services.


            Phillips cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment 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.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, the Texas County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Callaway County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


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