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Federal Firearms Charges Filed in Connection with 11-Year Old Who Used a Firearm in an Attempted Robbery Earlier this Month

Father charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. - Joseph Daniel Charlton, 34, of Portland, Oregon, was charged today in a federal complaint with felon in possession of a firearm. The charges arose from an incident which occurred on December 8, 2012 in Portland when an 11-year old and a 7-year old attempted to rob a woman who was parked in her vehicle in a church parking lot. The police were called to the scene, took the juveniles into custody and recovered a loaded .22 caliber derringer from the 11-year old. Subsequent investigation revealed that the firearm belonged to the father of the 11-year old, Joseph Charlton, who is prohibited from possessing firearms by virtue of a prior felony conviction. Charlton remains in local custody on the original state charges and his appearance in federal court has not yet been scheduled.

This case was initially investigated by the Portland Police Bureau and has been prepared for federal court by the Portland office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Fred Weinhouse is prosecuting this case.

The charge of felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime. A defendant should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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