Feds adds several counts in gun conspiracy case
by Cris Ritchie
LONDON – A grand jury returned a superseding indictment early this month adding more than 20 felony counts against Perry County residents indicted on federal conspiracy and gun-related charges.
The latest counts were added on May 2, according federal court records, and allege that in May 2009 the defendants, identified as Paul Michael Ison, Jr., Paul Ison, Sr., Mildred C. Ison, and Brian Keith Baker, all of Perry County, conspired to illegally acquire or attempt to acquire firearms from licensed dealers.
According to the indictment, 27 firearms in total were purchased beginning in November 2009, some of which were allegedly given to Paul Ison, Jr., who was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Some of the guns were purchased from the H&K Gun and Pawn Shop in Hazard, while others were obtained from a licensed dealer in Somerset. The indictment alleges that Mildred Ison, also known as June Ison, along with Brian Keith Baker and Paul Ison, Sr., purchased the firearms “by making false and fictitious written material facts concerning the lawfulness and the sale or disposition of the said firearms.” The purchases were allegedly made at different times up to March 2011.
Mildred Ison, Paul Ison, Sr., and Brian Baker are each facing charges of making false statements to acquire a firearm, while Ison, Sr. and Baker were also indicted on one count each of disposing of a firearm to a convicted felon. Baker is additionally charged with illegally possessing a “short-barreled” firearm with a barrel length of less than 16 inches.
Paul Ison, Jr. is facing one count of perjury and one count of conspiracy to make false statements to acquire firearms, according to the indictment.
Each of the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges during their arraignments in London on May 7 and remain free on the same conditions, with the exception of Paul Michael Ison, Jr., who was remanded to the custody of the federal marshal’s office, according to court records.
A trial date in the case has been set for July 22. With the exception of perjury and conspiracy, which carry a maximum term of five years, each of the counts listed in the indictment carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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