Guilty plea from police chief

The United States Attorney TMs Office announced Wednesday that William Hudnall, the now-former police chief of the City of Canton, Missouri, entered a guilty plea involving the purchase of a .45 caliber firearm at a Canton gun shop. Hudnall admitted with his plea that, while he was police chief, he made a false statement on the Firearms Transaction Record form in order to obtain the firearm for an individual known to be a convicted felon and, therefore, prohibited him from possessing a firearm.

Hudnall, 48, of Canton, Mo., pleaded guilty to one felony count of making a false statement to a federal firearms dealer before United States District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig, who set sentencing for November 1, 2011.

Hudnall now faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

Hudnall has since resigned as Canton police chief.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Lewis County Sheriff TMs Office. Assistant United States Attorney Hal Goldsmith is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney TMs Office.

Information provided by the United States Attorney TMs Office Eastern District of Missouri