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October 7, 2011

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


KNOXVILLE, Tenn - A federal grand jury in Knoxville returned a one count indictment on September 20, 2011, charging Randel Lynn Osborne, 49, of LaFollette, with possession of stolen explosives. Osborne appeared in court on October 3, 2011 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge in the indictment. He was released pending trial, which has been set for December 12, 2011, in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

The indictment alleges that on or about August 11, 2011, the defendant knowingly possessed stolen explosive materials, including commercial explosives, blasting caps and blasting wire, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the explosive materials were stolen.

If convicted, Osborne faces a term of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. This indictment is the result of an investigation by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, which referred the case to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for federal prosecution. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia F. Davidson will represent the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until his guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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