A former Ketchikan resident has been indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska.
James A. Mavromatis, 38, was charged by a federal grand jury with a single count of illegal possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
That’s a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt, who is prosecuting the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Bradley presented the case to the grand jury, Schmidt said.
The Dec. 12 indictment alleges that on July 1, Mavromatis possessed a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Mavromatis was previously convicted of malicious mischief in San Mateo County, Calif., in 2004, according to the charging document.
The government is also seeking forfeiture of the weapon in question, according to charging documents.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement conducted the investigation that led to the indictment, according to the release.
Mavromatis is also facing three misdemeanor charges that were brought by the state of Alaska, according to electronic court records available online.
The state charged him with misdemeanor criminal trespass in the second degree and misdemeanor failure to register as a sex offender in the second degree in October. In November, he was additionally charged with another count of misdemeanor criminal trespass and misdemeanor violating conditions of release.
All those cases are still active and pending in Unalaska District Court.
Schmidt said in a phone interview on Friday. Mavromatis was previously arrested on the state charges in Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, and Mavromatis was taken to the jail in Anchorage.
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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include the defendant’s age, additional information about the alleged prior felony and additional information regarding state charges.