Spindletop owner pleads guilty to gun charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 09:36
File photo. Trailers associated with the Spindletop Sports Zone business which were searched as part of an FBI probe sit at the Woodland Mall. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A former Woodland Mall businessman pleaded guilty to four felony charges on Tuesday in U.S. District Court of Toledo.
Richard Schmidt, 47, of Toledo, owner of Spindletop Sports Zone at the Bowling Green mall, pleaded guilty to all four charges against him before Judge Jack Zouhary. The judge found him guilty of two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm; being a felon in possession of body armor and trafficking in counterfeit goods.
Schmidt was present in the courtroom with his attorney, Edward Bryan. Duncan Brown represented the prosecution.
A pre-sentence investigation was ordered with sentencing set for Oct. 21 at 10 a.m.
Schmidt was arrested on Dec. 21, 2012 following the execution of FBI search warrants at both his home and his Woodland Mall sports memorabilia business.
His plea was entered as "conditional" allowing Schmidt and his attorneys to file an appeal on an evidentiary issue raised during previous court proceedings.
The initial search warrants were looking for counterfeit items at the Bowling Green store. The FBI had reason to believe certain goods may not have been legitimately licensed goods and apparel.
During the execution of those specified search warrants, firearms were discovered. Because of his manslaughter conviction, Schmidt is not allowed to possess a firearm.
Court records indicate he was charged with possession of 20 firearms. Seized were pistols, assault rifles and shotguns, and nearly 40,500 rounds of ammunition. All the items were taken from the store, four storage trailers at the mall and Schmidt's Marlow Road home in Toledo.
His prior felony involved a manslaughter conviction involving his shooting and killing a man in 1989.
In January, it was reported that Schmidt is alleged to having ties to the neo-Nazi movement. His charges did not reflect any of those allegations.
If sentenced to the maximum, Schmidt could face 10 years in prison.

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