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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 10, 2015

Battle Creek Man Convicted Of Possessing Unregistered And Stolen Firearms

          GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today the conviction of Scott Lynn Dillard, 26, of Battle Creek, Michigan on two felony charges following a two-day jury trial in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A federal jury found Dillard guilty of possessing unregistered firearms, including an MP5 machinegun and two silencers, and possessing stolen firearms, including a .308 caliber sniper rifle.

          The firearms were stolen from a Battle Creek Police Department vehicle on June 21, 2013, and then sold by Dillard and an associate. Law enforcement recovered the weapons the next day. Dillard now faces a maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for each of the two charges.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan was assisted in the investigation by the Battle Creek Police Department, Michigan State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

          U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles praised federal, state, and local authorities for quickly locating and recovering the stolen firearms. “Prompt action in recovering these weapons prevented this theft from turning into a tragedy. Mr. Dillard will now be held accountable for his role in possessing these unregistered and stolen firearms.”

          The sentencing hearing for Dillard is scheduled for July 24, 2015. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Russell A. Kavalhuna and Clay M. West.

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Updated January 8, 2016