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Man Gets 3 Years Probation for Possessing Stolen Gun Silencers

Richard Sleeva also forfeits more than 100 firearms stored at homes in Pennsylvania and Newtown, Conn.

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A Florida man who pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen firearm has been sentenced to three years probation, federal officials announced Thursday.

According to court documents, Richard Sleeva, 48, admitted that he unlawfully possessed three Gemtech firearms silencers at a former residence in Pennsylvania, from 2001 through September 2009.

As part of his plea, authorities said, Sleeva agreed to forfeit approximately 117 firearms that he owned and possessed at residences in Pennsylvania and Newtown, Conn. The firearms, which Sleeva voluntarily turned over to ATF agents in 2009, include more than 40 firearms silencers, more than 40 short-barreled shotguns, as well as several machine guns, semi-automatic handguns and semi-automatic rifles.

U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford also ordered Sleeva to perform 450 hours of community service.

Sleeva served on the Board of Directors of Gemtech, an Idaho-based manufacturer. According to court documents and statements made in court, Sleeva was a Federal Firearms Licensee and had obtained silencers as a member of Gemtech’s Board prior to his removal in 2001. 

When he was removed from the Board, Sleeva failed to return the silencers after Gemtech repeatedly demanded that he do so, officials said. Gemtech then reported the firearms as stolen.

Authorities said Sleeva’s Federal Firearms License expired in 2003 and that on Sept. 22, 2011, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm, a charge that is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and fine of up to $250,000.


Thomas Paine April 25, 2014 at 07:11 PM
he/she thinks we are the same person using different IDs. typical projection of one's own motives and strategies onto others.
Anthony Powers April 25, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Funny thing on the ridgefield daily Voice my posts are erased every time. I guess someone complained. Either that or the people running the site just might not like conservatives. Also there is a guy that uses my name which by the way is my real name. He just put a period between A.Powers. I post a powers. And another guy uses Tom Renzo who just happens to be a friend of mine and a state instructor. Tom does the hunter safety course at the range. Very strange and i am shocked they do this what gives with that??
Anthony Powers April 25, 2014 at 07:42 PM
There you go gemtech reported the guns and silencers stolen. WOW different story . He worked there and they knew he had them. Totally different story!! And further nore what were the guns he had in CT???? They might be legal. This is the issue the judge and the news media did not mention the makeup of the firearms he had in CT, Typical of media flim flam!!
Brookfield Patriot May 08, 2014 at 11:30 PM
Hey Tommy, how do you feel about insane gun freaks lioke Scott Gellatly being allowed to demonstrate their 2A rights? Quite SICK no. CT needs to toughen up it's laws on people like this, YES?

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