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PRESS RELEASE: Criminal Charges Filed Against Toledo Man, Richard Schmidt Found with 18 Firearms, Body Armor, More Than 40,000 Rounds of Ammunition

U.S. Attorney’s Office
January 16, 2013

Northern District of Ohio
(216) 622-3600

Criminal Charges Filed Against Toledo Man Found with 18 Firearms, Body Armor, More Than 40,000 Rounds of Ammunition

A criminal indictment was unsealed today charging Toledo resident Richard Schmidt with a variety of crimes related to his possession of 18 firearms, body armor, and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition despite a previous conviction for the crime of manslaughter, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland Field Office.

Schmidt, 47, was arrested in December following searches of his home and business. He was convicted of manslaughter in 1990 in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas. Schmidt was forbidden from possessing firearms, ammunition, or body armor as a result of his conviction.

“It is deeply troubling that law enforcement found this man, with a prior homicide conviction, in possession of an arsenal,” Dettelbach said. “We owe the FBI and our other law enforcement partners our thanks that they caught this man, with 18 firearms—some of them assault weapons—high-capacity magazines, more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition, and a bulletproof vest stored in a locked room in a mall, before anyone was hurt.”

Anthony said, “Richard Schmidt is not only accused trafficking in counterfeit goods but also is accused of being a felon in possession of a significant quantity of firearms and ammunition. We are pleased that the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and our partners were able to take Richard Schmidt off the street.”

Count one charges that Schmidt, on December 21, 2012, possessed approximately 300 rounds of ammunition and four firearms: two Ruger P95 9mm pistols, a Sig Sauer P250 9mm pistol, and a Taurus PT145 pistol.

Count two charges that Schmidt, on December 28, 2012, possessed approximately 40,188 rounds of ammunition and 18 firearms: a Stag Arms AR-15 rifle, an Armalite AR-10 rifle, a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun, a Remington 870 Express 12-gauge shotgun, a Winchester M94 30/30 rifle, a Winchester M190 .22-caliber rifle, a Remington M700 rifle, a Mossberg M535 12-gauge shotgun, a Russian American Armory SAIGA 12-gauge shotgun, a Federal Arms Corporation FA 91 .308-caliber rifle, an Eagle Arms 5.56-caliber rifle, a Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle, a Ruger Mark II pistol, and a Sturm-Ruger .375 magnum pistol.

Count three charges that Schmidt, on December 28, 2012, possessed body armor.

Count four charges that between September 30, 2011 and December 21, 2012, Schmidt trafficked in counterfeit goods, specifically goods with counterfeit logos and brand-name markings of the National Football League, Nike, Reebok, and Louis Vuitton.

These items were found following searches of Schmidt’s home on Marlow Road in Toledo; the store he operates, Spindletop Sports Zone, in Bowling Green, Ohio; and trailers in the parking lot of the shopping center that includes Spindeltop Sports Zone. Investigators also recovered seven high-capacity magazines during the search, according to court records.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio filed 176 indictments for violations of federal firearms laws, with the average sentence being more than six years in prison.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Duncan T. Brown and Linda H. Barr following an investigation by the FBI, with assistance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; U.S. Border Patrol; the Ohio State Highway Patrol; the Toledo Police Department; the Bowling Green Police Department; and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal records, the defendant’s role in the offenses, and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum, and in most cases they will be less than the maximum.

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.

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