HAZARD – Two more people have been arrested in a case alleging federal weapons violations against Perry County residents.
The case against Paul Michael Ison, Sr., Mildred C. Ison (aka June Ison), and Brian Keith Baker was unsealed on Wednesday, according to federal court records alleging that the three, along with Paul Michael Ison, Jr., committed offenses related to the sale and possession of several firearms.
Paul Ison, Jr., who had previously been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing firearms, pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to unlawfully possessing firearms. He was sentenced in April to serve 41 months in prison.
According to the indictment unsealed this week, between May 2009 and June 7, 2011, the defendants conspired to acquire firearms from licensed dealers while knowingly making “false, fictitious oral and written statements” in violation of federal law.
Several firearms were purchased from dealers in Hazard and Somerset, the indictment states, and further alleges that 83-year-old Paul Ison, Sr. and 40-year-old Brian Keith Baker, both of Hazard, unlawfully disposed of firearms by giving the weapons to a person who had been convicted of a felony crime.
Paul Ison, Jr. is additionally alleged to have lied while under oath on April 17 in relation to this case.
U.S. Attorney Ken Harvey is prosecuting the case, and in the indictment is seeking the forfeiture of 43 firearms seized from the homes of Paul Ison, Sr., Mildred Ison, and Brian Keith Baker, including models from Benelli, Winchester, Remington, and Henry, along with assorted ammunition.
The conspiracy charges carry a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each defendant, while the charges alleging the disposal of a firearm to a convicted felon carries a maximum of 10 years and $250,000.
Paul Ison, Sr. was arrested on Wednesday, and police say this case is the culmination of an 18-month joint investigation between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kentucky State Police.