In Federal Court 1/17/08

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway released the following items.

Pleaded Guilty

* Name: Ryan Blunt

* Age: 33

* Residence: Cape Girardeau

* Charge: Unlawful possession of a firearm

* Summary: On Aug. 1, law enforcement officers searched a residence on North Spanish Street and located a loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson along with 88 rounds of extra ammunition. A woman living at the residence stated that the firearm belonged to Ryan Blunt, a felon. Blunt faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing was set for April 15.

* Name: David J. Ainsworth

* Age: 26

* Residence: Perry County, Mo.

* Charge: Being a felon in possession of a firearm

* Summary: On June 5, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives assisted Perry County officers with an investigation of reports of automatic weapon fire coming from the area of Ainsworth's residence. During the search, they discovered a Mosin-Nagant, Model M-44 7.62 mm, bolt-action rifle, a Mossberg Model 500A, 12-gauge shotgun, and a Bersoa, Model Thunder, .380-caliber pistol. Ainsworth is a felon and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentenced

* Name: Nathaniel C. Smith

* Age: 21

* Residence: Cape Girardeau

* Charge: Being a felon in possession of a firearm

* Sentence: 57 months

* Summary: On March 29, Smith was stopped in Cape Girardeau County and arrested on unrelated charges. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of a Hi-Point, 9 mm pistol. This firearm was used in another offense, resulting in another state conviction for second-degree assault on June 27.

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