Paducah man charged with transporting stolen firearms

By Heartland News

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - A Paducah man faces several charges involving stolen firearms.

Joseph Roman Gossett, 32, faces charges of transportation and shipment of stolen firearms, possession and sale of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm while a convicted felon.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment alleging Gossett knowingly possessed, sold and disposed of a stolen firearm, a Smith & Wesson .357 caliber revolver which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce on October 29, 2009.

An indictment also alleges Gossett knowingly transported and shipped in interstate commence, from Illinois to Kentucky, a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a Norinko 7.62 caliber rifle, a Remington Arms Company 12 gauge shotgun, a Remington Arms Company 20 gauge shotgun, a Stoeger 12 gauge shotgun, a Western Arms Company 12 gauge shotgun, a New England Firearms .243 caliber rifle and a Winchester 30-30 caliber rifle, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe the firearms were stolen between October 1, 2009 and November 3, 2009.

The indictment also alleges that Gossett knowingly possessed the firearms on November 3, 2009, after convictions in September, 2003 in McCracken Circuit Court for First Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, and of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, and a conviction in February 1998 in Circuit Court in Lawrence County, Illinois for Aggravated Battery, all of which are felonies.

Gossett faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of 3 years, for each count of the indictment.

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