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ROCKFORD — A Dolton, Illinois man was indicted Tuesday, June 13, 2017, by a federal grand jury in Rockford on gun charges. KELVIN CULPS, 20, of Dolton, Ill., also known as “Forty,” was charged with stealing twelve firearms from a licensed firearms dealer in Loves Park, Ill., on May 8, 2017, illegally possessing stolen firearms, and illegally possessing those firearms as a convicted felon. Culps, who has been in federal custody since his arrest on May 30, 2017, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Iain D. Johnston today and has pleaded not guilty. Culps remains in federal custody awaiting trial.
Each count of stealing firearms from a licensed firearms dealer, illegally possessing stolen firearms, and illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison, to be followed by up to 3 years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines, and the defendant shall be required to pay restitution to any victims of the alleged theft of the firearms.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The indictment was announced by Joel R. Levin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Celinez Nunez, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and Chuck Lynde, Chief of the Loves Park Police Department.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Talia Bucci.