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New Gun Charges Filed in Somali Bomb Plot Case in Kansas

Associated Press - December 15, 2016 1:10 pm

Prosecutors have added firearms charges against two of the Kansas men accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex where Somali immigrants live in the meatpacking town of Garden City.

The superseding indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court again charges Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright, and Curtis Allen with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

But the new indictment also charges Allen with illegally possessing firearms because of a misdemeanor domestic battery conviction. It adds two counts against Stein alleging gun violations in connection with the bomb conspiracy. It also seeks forfeiture of the weapons.

Attorneys for Allen and Stein did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Kari Schmidt, who represents Wright, says her client has no criminal history and is not prohibited from possessing firearms.

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