Eureka man sentenced in firearms case

Monday, September 5, 2011

Michael Pierce, 70, of Eureka Springs, the man who reportedly stored firearms for a suspect in an Osage bomb case, was sentenced to three years' probation last week in federal court in Harrison.

Pierce was sentenced after a jury found him guilty of federal charges in April, including aiding and abetting possession of unregistered firearms, giving false statements, possession of a machine gun, and conspiracy to possess unregistered firearms.

Federal agents visiting his property south of Eureka Springs in early December reportedly found a number of weapons while investigating Mark Krause, 40, a Madison County blacksmith who was arrested in Seattle in connection with the Osage soda can bomb case.

Krause was initially charged in that case but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to possess unregistered firearms.

In exchange, federal officials agreed to dismiss charges that he possessed the bomb, which didn't go off. The bomb was placed at an Osage church being used as a polling station.

Krause was sentenced to 24 months in prison and given credit for time served. In addition to his federal jail time, he was ordered pay a $5,000 fine and was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Pierce's case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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