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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Ohio

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Carter M. Stewart
, United States Attorney
Contact: General Media Inquiries

15 Charged in Federal Gun Cases

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has charged 15 individuals with federal gun charges in separate indictments returned in Cincinnati. The cases are part of an anti-violence initiative involving a focus from local, state and federal law enforcement to combat gun violence in the city.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Donald J. Soranno, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, Columbus Field Division, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit, Lockland Police Chief Jim Toles, Norwood Police Chief William Kramer, Harrison Police Chief Charles Lindsey and Springfield Township Police Chief Robert Browder announced the indictments.

The 15 defendants represent the first group of alleged habitual offenders indicted as part of the initiative. The strategy includes a committed focus from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to identify those individuals who consistently use firearms to commit crimes, who habitually possess illegal firearms, and who present a clear threat to the safety of the community.

A list of those charged is attached.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation of this case by law enforcement, and Assistant United States Attorneys Christy Muncy, Timothy Oakley and Anthony Springer, who are prosecuting the cases.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Name

Age

City of Residence

Charges

Dennis Hicks

30

Cincinnati

1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

Steven Ivery

30

Cincinnati

1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

Willie Jackson

25

Hamilton

1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

Jarvis Levy, Jr.

35

Cincinnati

5 counts possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, 2 counts possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, 1 count  possession of  firearm in furtherance of an offense

Donte Martin

28

Cincinnati

1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

Donell McCreagh

55

Cincinnati

1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

Nicholas Metz

34

Cincinnati

1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

Jeno Moore

25

Cincinnati

1 count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count of possession of firearm in furtherance of an offense, 1 count possession of firearm as convicted felon

Alvin Palmer

25

Cincinnati

1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

Keno Phillips

41

Cincinnati

1 count possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon, 1 count possession of firearm in furtherance of an offense

Brian Simms

33

Hamilton

1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

Ronald Steele

25

Cincinnati

1 count possession of stolen firearm, 1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

Oscar Torbert

27

Cincinnati

1 count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, 1 count of possession of firearm in furtherance of an offense, 1 count possession of firearm as convicted felon

Terrance Williams

28

Cincinnati

1 count possession of stolen firearm, 1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

Steven Young

31

Cincinnati

1 count possession of firearm as a convicted felon

 

 

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)

5-20 years in prison

$250,000 fine

Up to a lifetime of supervised release

 

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)

Up to 10 years in prison

$250,000 fine

Up to 3 years supervised release

 

Possession with intent to distribute

21 U.S.C §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C)

Up to 20 years in prison

At least 3 years supervised release

$1 million fine

 

Possession of a firearm in furtherance of an offense

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)

At least 5 years consecutive in prison

$250,000 fine

5 years supervised release

 

Possession of a stolen firearm

18 U.S.C. § 922(j)

Up to 10 years in prison

$250,000 fine

Up to 3 years supervised release

 

Field Division: Columbus Field Division