SALT LAKE CITY – A three-count indictment unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City charges Raymond Michael Livingston, aka Bobby and Michael, age 34, with possession of 18 stolen firearms and burglary of a federal firearms licensee in connection with a June 23, 2013, burglary of Stewart’s Ace Hardware in Roosevelt.
Livingston, who has lived in Ballard, Utah, and Las Vegas, Nev., is also charged with receiving firearms while under Felony Information. At the time the indictment alleges he was in possession of the firearms stolen in Utah, he was facing a forgery charge in Nevada.
Livingston had an initial appearance Tuesday in federal court and entered not guilty pleas to the charges in the indictment. A five-day jury trial has been scheduled to start July 21, 2014, in U.S. District Judge David Nuffer’s courtroom. A detention hearing is set for Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Evelyn J. Furse.
Five of the firearms taken during the Roosevelt burglary have been recovered by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department during criminal investigations.
The potential maximum penalty for possession of stolen firearms and burglary of a federal firearms licensee is 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Receiving firearms while under felony information has a potential five-year penalty. Indictments are not findings of guilt. Individuals charged in indictments are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in court.
The case is being investigated by ATF special agents and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City as a part of Utah Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative that targets gun violence in Utah communities.