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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Missouri

For Immediate Release

December 19, 2012

Richard G. Callahan, United States Attorney

Contact: Jan Diltz, Public Information Officer
(314) 539-7719

Lincoln County Man Sentenced on Federal Arson Charges

St. Louis, MO — Roy William Gunn was sentenced to 96 months in prison on charges involving the attempted arson of four different buildings in Elsberry, MO.

According to court documents, Gunn attempted to destroy the building at 309 South 3rd Street, which is owned by the City of Elsberry, on July 19, 2011; on August 30, 2011, the building at 306 South 3rd Street, also owned by the City of Elsberry; on August 31, 2011, Stu’s Countryside Convenience Store at 990 Missouri State Highway B; and on September 10, 2011, Spies Tax Service at 301 South Main Street.

Gunn, 32, Elsberry, MO, pled guilty October to two felony counts of damaging a property receiving federal financial assistance; and two felony counts of damaging or destroying a building used in interstate commerce, and appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry.

This case was investigated by the Missouri State Fire Marshals, Elsberry Fire Protection District, Elsberry Police Department, the Lincoln County Arson Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Dean Hoag handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.