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Thompson seeks return of firearms

Rick Stillion The New Concord Leader Published: March 5, 2012 8:50 AM

COLUMBUS A federal court judge has scheduled a May 7 trial for Marian Thompson after she requested 133 firearms seized from the property she shared with her late husband Terry Thompson in 2008 be returned to her possession.

The judge recently denied a request for a summary judgment on behalf of Thompson, resulting in the case moving toward the trial.

Thompson said she is the owner of the guns and ammunition seized by federal authorities prior to charges being filed against her husband.

Terry Thompson was sentenced to prison on convictions for weapons violations.

Just days after his release from prison in October 2011, Thompson freed dozens of exotic animals from his Zanesville farm and then committed suicide.

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Muskingum County sheriffs deputies were forced to shoot most of the more than 50 animals that included lions, tigers, bears and wolves.

Prosecutors said Marian Thompson knew about illegal activity involving the weapons and as a result, the guns should not be returned to her.


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