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DETROIT MAN INDICTED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY ON ILLEGAL FIREARM POSSESSION CHARGES

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Detroit man was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Huntington for being a felon in possession of firearms. According to a two-count indictment, Thomas Ray III, 43, of Detroit, allegedly possessed a loaded firearm Glock .40 caliber pistol on February 5, 2013 near Huntington, W.Va.  The indictment also alleges that on February 5, 2013, Ray possessed a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a .22 caliber rifle and an AR-15 assault rifle near Huntington. 

Ray was previously convicted of two felonies on February 28, 2012 in the Circuit Court of Will County, Illinois for forcible detention/armed; and, giving a false bomb/gas alarm and did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored. 

The defendant faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. 

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshals Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is in charge of the prosecution. 

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

Note: The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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