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Salina Man Admits To Federal Gun Crime

KSAL Staff - March 18, 2014 6:20 am

The trial was marked by conflicting testimony by experts for the company and experts for affected property owners in Pratt, Kingman and Reno counties.

The trial was marked by conflicting testimony by experts for the company and experts for affected property owners in Pratt, Kingman and Reno counties.

A Salina man admits to a federal gun crime.

Acording to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s Office, 45-year-old Stephen M. Smith, Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

In his plea, Smith admitted that he possessed a .40 caliber handgun when he was arrested Sept. 6, 2013, at his residence in Salina. Police, who were called to the residence by a Kansas State Parole officer, seized a distribution quantity of methamphetamine and the gun.

Sentencing is set for June 9. Both sides have agreed to recommend a sentence of five years in federal prison.

Grissom commended the Kansas Department of Corrections, the Salina Police Department, the I-135/I-70 Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Warner for their work on the case.

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