Saturday 24 August, 2019

Jamaican faces up to 30 years in the US for 'falsely buying a gun'

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A Jamaican man is set to bite the proverbial bullet from a serious false declaration which he allegedly made in Pennsylvania in the United State last year.

Kevin Ruddock, 34, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating various federal firearm laws.

The three-count indictment against him has Ruddock as the sole defendant.

It alleges that he knowingly gave false information on an application to purchase a handgun in violation of US federal law.

Federal law prohibits anyone who is illegally in the US or was admitted to the country under a non-immigrant visa, from possessing a firearm.

On the indictment, it is alleged that on March 13, 2017, Ruddock falsely claimed that he was a US citizen on the form that was submitted when he purchased the gun.

The indictment alleged that he was in possession of the gun on March 16 of this year, along with 123 rounds of ammunition.

The allegation is that he had possession of the weapon and ammunition illegally, because he was admitted into the United States on a non-immigrant visa, and at the time he was found in possession of the weapon in the country, he was there after having overstayed the time that had been allowed on his visa.

He faces a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of US$750,000, or both.

The case was brought against the Jamaican as part of ‘Project Safe Neighbourhoods’, a programme that is geared at bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crimes and make neighbourhoods safer.

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