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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Poplar Bluff Brothers Sentenced For Illegally Dealing In Firearms


Cape Girardeau, MO - DAVID HILTON RUSH and JOHN LYN RUSH were sentenced Tuesday for illegally dealing in firearms.  David Rush was sentenced to 36 months in prison and John Rush was sentenced to 36 months.  Both men appeared before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.

At the jury trial last November, trial testimony established that between 2010 and 2014 both brothers actively engaged in the business of selling firearms. Agents conducted a series of buys from each defendant using informants and undercover agents.  Records show that during this time, John Rush alone sold more than 1200 firearms.  A search warrant at John Rush’s residence resulted in the recovery of 71 firearms which the Court ordered forfeited to the United States.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney Keith D. Sorrell and John N. Koester, Jr. handled the prosecution for the Government.

Updated March 19, 2015