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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ketchikan Man indicted by Federal Grand Jury for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today than a Ketchikan man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage, Alaska, for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm

James Arthur Mavromatis, 40, of Ketchikan, Alaska, was arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie C. Longenbaugh, in a one-count indictment on the charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.  Mavromatis pled not guilty to the charge and he was ordered detained pending trial.

According to the indictment, on July 1, 2012, Mavromatis possessed a firearm, a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol after having previously been committed to a mental health institution in December 2003 and in November 2009.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt, who is handling the case, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, and that the government would be seeking forfeiture of the firearm involved in the offense.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the USDA Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations agency 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.

Updated January 29, 2015