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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Stow woman charged with illegally purchasing firearm while addicted to drugs

A Stow woman was charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Kristen Vilk, 32, was arrested on suspicion of making a straw purchase of a Glock 9 mm pistol in March from a store in North Canton. Further investigation revealed that Vilk overdosed on April 17, and was given two doses of Narcan, according to court documents.

Based on statements made by Vilk’s relatives, it is believed she was addicted to drugs at the time of the purchase of the firearm, according to court documents.

The investigation is ongoing.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after a 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 violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Riley following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

An information 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.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated August 2, 2018