Topeka man charged in federal court

(Office of United States Attorney Barry Grissom)A man who was arrested after wrecking a car while fleeing from police was indicted today on a federal firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Justin R. Shumway, 31, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The indictment alleges Shumway possessed a 9 mm pistol on Dec. 16, 2013, in Topeka. He was prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm because of prior felony convictions for aggravated battery, attempted battery against a correctional officer, forgery and burglary.

The Topeka Police Department reported arresting Shumway after he fled from officers and wrecked a car near Willow and Broadmoor.

If convicted, Shumway faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Topeka Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Warner is prosecuting.

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