Change of plea hearing for Ohio gun suspect

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge has scheduled a change of plea hearing for an alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer charged with illegally possessing an arsenal of weapons.

An FBI affidavit filed in December says at least seven high-capacity ammunition magazines were found inside Richard Schmidt’s sports memorabilia store in Bowling Green.

Schmidt has been charged with illegally possessing 18 firearms, body armor and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition.

The 47-year-old Schmidt has also been charged with trafficking in counterfeit clothing marked with brand names such as the National Football League, Nike and Reebok.

Judge Jack Zouhary on Friday scheduled a July 9 change of plea hearing, language that typically signifies a possible guilty plea.

Messages were left for Schmidt’s public defender.

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