Northwest Indiana sheriff facing corruption case wants guns back

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CROWN POINT, Ind. — An attorney for John Buncich has asked a federal judge if the indicted Lake County sheriff can have his guns back.

Buncich’s defense attorney filed the petition in U.S. District Court Friday. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports ( ) the attorney is asking for the return of weapons the sheriff surrendered last year when he was charged with fraud and bribery. The sheriff’s attorney argues Buncich isn’t charged with a violent crime and “needs his firearms to carry out his employment.”

Buncich and others were named in a multi-count indictment Nov. 18 alleging an illegal towing scheme in which the sheriff accepted bribes. Buncich has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

A federal magistrate released Buncich on bond with the condition he surrender firearms and not possess any while awaiting trial.

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