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KANSAS CITY, Mo. David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Springfield, Mo., man has been indicted for illegally possessing a firearm.
Jared Paul Austin, 30, of Springfield, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
The indictment alleges that Austin, having been convicted of a felony, was in possession of a Ruger .380-caliber pistol on April 6, 2012. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.
Ketchmark cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
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