BENTON — A Brighton man pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
In a press release Friday, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Ryan Richard Duckett, 30, of Brighton, is facing 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release. Sentencing is set for Jan. 12 at the U.S. District Court in Benton.
Court records indicate Duckett admitted that on Feb. 6, 2013, in Brighton, Jersey County, he possessed a GP WASR-10/63, 7.62 x 39 mm caliber semi-automatic rifle during a time he was an unlawful user of controlled substances, namely cocaine and marijuana.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William E. Coonan.