Bowling Green man charged with stealing and selling firearms
U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Toledo has returned a two-count indictment charging Steven Leskow, 30, of Bowling Green with one count of possession of a firearm by someone who is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled substance and one count of possession of stolen firearms.
According to the indictment, from October through December of 2019, while enrolled as a student at Owens Community College in Findlay, the defendant is accused of stealing several firearms from a law enforcement class. It is alleged that the defendant stole these firearms and sold them to support a drug addiction.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.
In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum, and in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Simko.