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Three Charged With Firearms Offenses For Stealing Weapons From New Kensington Gun Shop

May 13, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, May 13, 2010, that three residents of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges violating federal firearms laws.

The two‑count indictment, returned on May 12, 2010, named Nicolas J. Cox, age 18; Aaron M. Booker, age 18; and Daniel T. Johnson, age 20.

According to the indictment presented to the court, Cox, Booker and Johnson broke into Jolar, Inc., a licensed federal firearms dealer, on December 14, 2009, and stole 3 AR‑15 type assault rifles and approximately one dozen pistols.

Assistant United States Attorney, Ross E. Lenhardt, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Kensington Police Department, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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