Sallee under federal indictment for illegal firearm possession

COLUMBUS, INd. — Samuel E. Sallee, the 55-year-old Columbus named as the "prime suspect" in the May 11 Waynesville quadruple homicide, was indicted May 29 on federal firearms charges for having a .22-caliber rifle in his possession around the time of the slayings.

"Sallee's criminal history includes a number of prior felonies, including a 2005 charge of intimidation in Jennings County, a 1989 charge of driving while intoxicated in Bartholomew County and additional charges related to the use of controlled substances," U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett said today in announcing the indictment. "Due to his prior felony convictions, Sallee is not legally permitted to possess a firearm."

Sallee, who is in jail in Brown County awaiting trial on unrelated charges, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the federal firearms charge.

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