PITTSBURGH, PA – A former resident of Wexford, PA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of possession of an unregistered firearm, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The one-count Indictment named James Thompson, 47, as the sole defendant.
According to Indictment, which follows a Criminal Complaint that was filed on September 4, 2020, the defendant called the police to his residence on July 17, 2020, and stated that he had multiple weapons, including guns and knives. When police arrived on the scene, Thompson exited the residence with a loaded AR15 style rifle, wearing a bulletproof vest, and threatening the use the weapon. The defendant was taken into custody and law enforcement was able determine that the rifle was homemade and not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The Court was further informed that law enforcement had previously responded to a domestic call at the defendant’s residence on December 9, 2019.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. The defendant is being housed at a mental health facility pending the resolution of the case.
Assistant United States Attorney Nicole Vasquez Schmitt, who serves as the office’s Domestic Violence Coordinator, is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wexford Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.