Somerset man charged in federal court with firearm possession
A 50-year-old Somerset man was temporarily detained in the Cambria County Prison Friday based on a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a felony.
Kelly Shaulis pleaded not guilty to the charge and will stay incarcerated at least until he comes before Magistrate Keith Pesto for a second detention hearing at 3 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Johnstown federal court.
At that hearing, the judge will determine if a bond can be set to allow him to be free until his trial or if he will be permanently detained until that trial.
“The federal case is based upon an adoption of one of the state cases that’s been pending for 18 months,” according to Shaulis’s attorney Douglas Sughrue in an email Monday.
On June 5, 2017, authorities found 10 guns in Shaulis’s home that he was not allowed to possess, according to court documents. The firearms included seven rifles and three shotguns, according to a report.
A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against Shaulis on Dec. 12 and an arrest warrant was issued, according to court documents.
He was placed in Cambria County Prison Friday under the custody of U.S. Marshals Service, according to a jail official, who acknowledged Shaulis’ presence there.
If found guilty, Shaulis faces a prison term up to 10 years followed by supervised release of three to five years and a fine of not more than $250,000, according to court documents.
The U.S. federal attorney’s office attorneys could not respond to this report because their office was closed Monday.