Columbiana man faces federal firearms charges
A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Brent See, age 37, of Columbiana, Ohio, with possession of unregistered firearms and being in the business of manufacturing firearms, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Count 1 of the indictment charges that on or about July, 2013 through January, 2014, See was engaged in the business of manufacturing and dealing in silencer firearms, without a license.
Counts 2 through 4 of the indictment charge that See was in possession of a silencer, not registered to him, on or about September 3 and December 13, 2013, and January 10, 2014.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.