Former Lake County cops to be sentenced in June
By Teresa Auch Schultz email@example.com February 27, 2013 4:25PM
Lake County Sheriff's officer Ronald Slusser. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: March 2, 2013 8:19PM
Two former Lake County Sheriff’s Department officers who pleaded guilty a year and a half ago to illegally using their position with the department to buy and sell guns online have finally received sentencing dates.
Ronald Slusser’s hearing is set for June 26, and Joseph Kumstar’s hearing is set for June 27.
The men pleaded guilty along with co-defendant Edward Kabella in September 2011, shortly after the indictment was announced, to using their position with the Sheriff’s Department to buy 74 fully automatic machine guns that only law enforcement departments and the military can legally buy. They would then sell parts of those guns that cannot be bought separately online.
They did the same with 91 top-grade laser sights that can only be bought by law enforcement and the military. The sites allow shooters to see targets up to 1.2 miles away.
Some of the gun parts were discovered during a police raid of the West End Gang in Montreal, Canada, and some of the laser sites were found on a Georgia man who got into a shootout with police before he killed himself.
Kabella was sentenced last month to serve two years in prison. This is the first time that a sentencing date has been set for either Slusser or Kumstar.