AKRON -- An Akron man has been indicted for illegally possessing a 9 mm handgun that had been converted into an illegal automatic weapon.
Kortney D. Moore, 21, was indicted on one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm.
Moore, on April 2, possessed a Glock 9 mm pistol with an installed conversion device that allowed the handgun to be fired fully automatic. Additionally, Moore was not permitted to possess any firearm because of previous felony convictions, according to the indictment.
“Adding this specific part to a handgun to make it fully automatic makes that firearm illegal and puts the public at risk,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “We will work with our law enforcement partners to prosecute all firearms violations, and especially to stop the flow of these parts into the country.”
The U.S. attorney's office said it's third case it has handled in recent weeks involving a conversion switch that allows handguns to be fired fully automatic.
“The possession of illegal firearms is a violation of federal law and a threat to public safety,” said Jonathan T. McPherson, special agent in charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division. “ATF will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to protect our communities.”
This case is being investigated by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Joyce following an investigation by the ATF and Akron Police Department.
If convicted, the defendant's sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal record, if any, the defendants’ role in the offenses and the characteristics of the violations.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.