The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

February 18, 2014

Pittsburg man arrested in federal firearms case

PITTSBURG, Kan. — A Crawford County man was arrested Tuesday on federal gun charges, according to an announcement from the office of U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

James D. Russian, 56, of Pittsburg, is charged in U.S. District Court in Wichita with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction.

The federal indictment states that Russian unlawfully possessed a 9 mm handgun, 82 rounds of ammunition and 18 20-gauge shotgun cartridges on Nov. 27, 2013, in Crawford County.

If convicted, Russian would face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the charge involving the handgun, and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the ammunition charges.

The arrest came in the wake of an investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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