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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
222 W. 7th Avenue, Room 253
Anchorage, AK 99513-7567,/

(907) 271-5071

For Immediate Release

August 20, 2010

Kevin Feldis, Acting United States Attorney

Anchorage Man Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Firearms Crime

Anchorage, Alaska — An Anchorage man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Acting United States Attorney Kevin Feldis announced today that Eric Suggs, 36, of Anchorage, Alaska, was indicted for one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The one-count indictment named Suggs as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Suggs is charged in Alaska Superior Court with attempted murder, felony assault, and other crimes for a shooting that occurred outside Chilkoot Charlie's bar in Anchorage, Alaska, on December 11, 2009.

Assistant United States Attorney Kyle G. French, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, three years of supervised release, and potential fines totaling up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Anchorage Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. This case is being prosecuted under the Project Safe Neighborhood program, a nationwide commitment to reducing firearm and gang crime in America.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.