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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Anchorage Felon Charged with Federal Firearms Crime

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a local man was arraigned in federal court in Anchorage on one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

26 year-old Aaron Michael Sullivan was charged in a one-count indictment.   

According to the information presented to the court, Sullivan possessed a Taurus .44 magnum revolver on October 6, 2014.  Sullivan has two prior felony convictions from the State of Alaska for assault in the third degree and misconduct involving weapons in the third degree. 

Special Assistant United States Attorney Erin W. Bradley, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, 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 defendant.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Anchorage Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.  SAUSA Bradley is a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office funded by the Municipality of Anchorage for the purpose of prosecuting gang-related and violent crime cases.

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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