The former contract security guard who sometimes was assigned to Columbus Torah Academy and other Jewish institutions in Greater Columbuspleaded guilty to an indictment of three counts of federal firearms offenses on Oct. 20 and faced confiscation of weapons and the tools to make them, his attorney confirmed to the Columbus Jewish News.
Robert Krapenc, Columbus’ attorney for Thomas M. Develin told the CJN that Develin would be sentenced in 60 to 90 days.
Krapenc told the Columbus Jewish News on October 10 that Devlin would plead guilty to the charges.
“At this time what he is pleading involves making ghost guns, involves possessing or manufacturing specific items that are manufactured and designed to make a semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic weapon,” Krapenc had said. . “He accepts responsibility for doing exactly those things.”
Develin, 24, now of Waverly, Ohio, first came to the attention of law enforcement after make a post on Discord threatening the Jewish community.
While imprisoned at Butler County Jail in Hamilton, Develin completed 30 days in the VETS program, according to an Oct. 17 letter from Warden Captain Nick Fisher.
“This program emphasizes accountability by requiring veteran inmates to attend a morning meeting with the correctional officer assigned to the program, keep their living space clean, and participate in daily work activities,” Fisher wrote. “Inmates also receive one-on-one services through the VA and the Veterans Services Commission, as well as group classes that focus on mental health and resolving and changing negative actions.”
As the state affair also continues, the federal case consisted of three counts related to actions that took place from 2020 to March 2022. The first count relates to the manufacture of firearms in violation of the national firearms law, “in particular, devices designed and intended to convert semi-automatic firearms to fully automatic firearms,” according to a Sept. 22 legal filing. In addition, he is accused of engaging “in the business of manufacturing and dealing in firearms and machine guns”, as well as “not being an authorized manufacturer or dealer of firearms, deliberately engaged in the business of manufacturing and trading firearms, including unobtainable 3D printed firearms commonly referred to as “ghost guns”.
Assistant US Attorneys Peter Applegate and Jessica Knight are also seeking the confiscation of a Bazalt RPG7B rocket launcher-type destructive device; three hanger machine gun devices; a Glock conversion device; four firearms manufactured by the defendant which bear no markings or serial numbers and any associated ammunition.
The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was involved in the federal case along with the FBI.
Develin is in federal custody under the direction of US Marshals and being held in an unspecified county jail, his attorney said. He said there was no agreed sentence and the sentence would be determined following a sentencing report prepared by the probation service and sentencing memoranda prepared by the prosecution and defence.
“We’re not going to know until the judge says what it is,” Krapenc said.
Develin also faces a Nov. 7 court date at 11 a.m. for the state’s case in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. In this case, Develin faces two counts of terrorism threats against the Jewish community, both third-degree felonies; two counts of dangerous prescription possession, a second degree felony and a fifth degree felony; and a single count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. He waived his right to a speedy trial, according to court records. Assistant District Attorney Cory D. Helffrich is handling the case, which was initiated by the Columbus Police Division.
This is a developing story.