U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of Ohio
99 N.E. Fourth Street
Miami, Florida 33132
For Immediate Release
September 29, 2010
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney
David M. Toepfer
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Public Affairs Specialist
In separate cases, Jamal Wingo, 29, of Youngstown, Ohio, and Bearnest R. Bogany, 30, of Warren, Ohio, were indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and ammunition, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today.
Both men were indicted as part of V.G.R.I.P., a joint federal, state and local task force targeting gun violence in the Mahoning Valley. To date, 17 people have been indicted in federal court through V.G.R.I.P.
The indictment charges that on or about August 20, 2010, Jamal Wingo possessed a Remington, model 700, .30-06 caliber rifle, after he had been previously convicted of Aggravated Assault and Burglary in the Mahoning County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court.
The indictment charges that on or about August 16, 2010, Bearnest R. Bogany possessed a Ruger, Model 68, .38 caliber revolver, and ammunition, after he had been previously convicted of Burglary of a Habitation and Theft from a Person in the 75th Judicial District Court, Liberty County, Texas.
If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the indictments were conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -Youngstown Field Office. The matter was presented to the grand jury by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.