Archive for Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Leavenworth man pleads guilty in gun theft case

January 10, 2012

A Leavenworth man has pleaded guilty to stealing 15 shotguns, rifles and pistols from a Jefferson County gun store, while a Tonganoxie man awaits trial, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday.

Andrew Michael Amundsen, 19, Leavenworth, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and theft of firearms from a federally licensed dealer. In his plea, Amundsen admitted that on May 18, 2011, he and another man drove to the Winchester Gun and Rock Shop, 500 Third St., in Winchester, Kan. They parked nearby and walked to the shop, where Amundsen cut an exterior power line in an effort to disable a security alarm. He forced open a rear door while the other man stood guard outside. They carried away 15 firearms. The next day, they sold some of the stolen firearms to two men in Leavenworth County in exchange for cash and electronic items. About a month later, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s officers recovered the stolen guns from the buyers.

Sentencing is set for April 6. Amundsen faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Co-defendant Justin Edward Hornback, 20, Tonganoxie, is awaiting trial.

Grissom commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Warner for their work on the case.

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