ATF Indicts Ozark Man for Firearms Violations

Tue Apr 8, 2008 1:12pm EDT

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Agent in
Charge Michael Boxler of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF) and John Wood, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of
Missouri, announced that a federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment,
April 3, against Rodger Sutherland of Ozark for federal firearms violations.

ATF and the Nixa Police Department became aware of falsified firearms records
at R & S Sporting Arms, a federal firearms licensee in Nixa, Mo. Agents were
led to Sutherland, the store manager, after further investigation showed that
the time frame of several, dated, falsified documents were related to the
firearms' transactions.

Sutherland is being charged with making false statements regarding records of
a federal firearms licensee.  If convicted, Sutherland faces up to five years
imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine.  U.S. Attorney John Wood reminds the
public that each charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed
innocent of each and every charge until and unless proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by the Springfield Office of the U.S. Attorney's
Office for the Western District of Missouri.  The case has been investigated
by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Nixa
Police Department.

More information on ATF and its programs is at

Contact: Special Agent Michael Schmitz
Public Information Officer
(816) 559-0756

SOURCE  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Special Agent Michael Schmitz, Public Information Officer of ATF,
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