Federal grand jury indicts 2 on firearms charges

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Two rural Alaska men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on firearms counts, including a man facing first-degree murder charges in state court.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler says the grand jury indicted 51-year-old Freddie Abraham of Bethel.

Abraham was arrested for the shooting death Dec. 30 of 31-year-old Walter Ayagalria.

Bethel police said the victim was reported to have struck a woman at Abraham’s home. Abraham, a convicted felon, is accused of loading a rifle and shooting Ayagalria once in the chest.

He remains in custody awaiting trial.

Loeffler says 23-year-old Jimmy Lee Coffin of Noorvik also is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition during an August incident in the northwest Alaska village.

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