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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Ridgway man charged with illegal possession of firearms

  • Frederick J. Zirkelbach, 48, Ridgway, was arraigned Friday in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton announced.
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  • Frederick J. Zirkelbach, 48, Ridgway, was arraigned Friday in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton announced.
    The indictment, returned by a Federal Grand Jury on April 2, alleged that Zirkelbach was found to be in possession of 14 firearms on March 9, 2013. Prior to that date, Zirkelbach had been convicted of two felony offenses, making it illegal under federal law for him to possess firearms or ammunition.
    If convicted, Zirkelbach faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release to follow his incarceration. The firearms he illegally possessed are also subject to forfeiture to the United States.
    Zirkelbach was ordered held without bond and was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal to await further proceedings.
    The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and the Illinois State Police with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Gallatin County State’s Attorney’s Office.
    The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.
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