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Grand jury indicts Albany gun shop owner for selling firearms to a known, convicted felon

The owner and operator of Albany Guns, Coins and Jewelry was indicted Wednesday on charges of selling firearms to someone he knew was a convicted felon. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – A federal grand jury in Eugene indicted an Albany gun dealer Wednesday on federal firearms charges, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

The four-count indictment alleges Nicholas Earle Russell, 67, sold high-caliber firearms to a known convicted felon. Russell is the owner and operator of a gun store called Albany Guns, Coins and Jewelry.

Nicolas is accused of selling a .50 caliber handgun and .223 and .308 caliber rifles to the convicted felon between November 19, 2016 and January 25, 2017.

Each charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and fine of up to $250,000.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated this case.

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