Ketchikan man enters guilty plea to weapons charges

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Herman Brown, 27, faces a prison sentence after he pled to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon Monday in US District Court.

    Brown allegedly possessed a handgun, a shotgun, and an AR-15 rifle and over 3,000 rounds of ammunition.

    He had been convicted in 2017 of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree.

    It is legal for a convicted felon to possess a long gun like a rifle or shotgun in Alaska but they can't legally possess a handgun.

    Assistant US Attorney Jack Schmidt said Ketchikan Police learned Brown had received packages in the mail that contained firearms or parts of firearms.

    A search of a Ketchikan residence also located 20 hypodermic needs that appeared to contain narcotics residue and about a half-pound of marijuana.

    Authorities said they also located some explosive devices and materials during the search.

    Brown is scheduled to be sentenced on the federal charge on November 19.

    He is being prosecuted in state court on misconduct involving weapons in the third degree and misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree.

    A trial date on these charges is scheduled for November 9.


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