U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of Ohio
Northern District of Ohio
For Immediate Release
January 16, 2013
Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin
Cleveland Man Charged With Being a Felon In Possession of Ammunition
A criminal indictment was filed in U.S. District Court today charging a Cleveland man with being a felon in possession of ammunition, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Ramone Clements, 42, was found to have one round of .357-caliber ammunition and two rounds of .22-caliber ammunition on Dec. 20, 2012, despite previous convictions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for rape (2006), drug trafficking (2003) and aggravated robbery (1991), according to the indictment.
This office places a high priority on keeping firearms and ammunition out of the hands of those who are forbidden by law from obtaining them, Dettelbach said.
Whether is a person using a gun to commit a violent crime, a felon illegally obtaining ammunition or a straw purchaser trying to circumvent the law, we will aggressively pursue those who would violate our nation's firearms laws.
We will continue to work side by side with our federal, state, county and local law enforcement partners to make sure those individuals who illegally possess firearms and/or ammunition are held accountable for their actions, said ATF Special Agent in Charge Robin Shoemaker, Columbus Field Division.
The Unites States Attorney‘s Office for the Northern District of Ohio filed 176 indictments for violations of federal firearms laws last year, with the average sentence being more than six years in prison.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly L. Galvin following an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Cleveland Heights Police Department.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. If convicted, the defendant's sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant's prior criminal records, the defendant's role in the offenses and the characteristics of the violation.
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.
Anyone with information about Clements‘ whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-ATF-GUNS or the Cleveland Heights Police Department 1-216-321-1234.