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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Kansas

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Barry Grissom
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jim Cross

Indictment: Topeka Man’s Gun Crime Came Within Months of Release from Prison

TOPEKA, KAN. - A Topeka man was indicted Wednesday on a federal firearm charge that is alleged to have occurred within months of his release from federal prison in a similar case, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Brandon E. Derr, 31, who is being held in the Shawnee County Jail, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, Derr was released Sept. 18, 2015, after serving a 24-month sentence. In that case he was indicted in 2012. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2013.

In the new indictment, it is alleged Derr possessed a Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol on Nov. 12, 2015, in Topeka.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

OTHER GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

Jason D. Bulger, 35, who is being held in the Shawnee County Jail, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 26, 2016, in Topeka, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

 

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