For Immediate Release
Akron Man Charged with Illegal Possession of a Machine Gun
U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Cleveland has returned a two-count indictment charging Dazhan McCallister, age 20, of Akron with illegal possession of a machinegun and receipt or possession of an unregistered firearm.
According to court documents, on or about July 28, 2020, Akron police responded to complaints of a large group of people blocking traffic in a nearby park. Law enforcement officers approached the group and noticed the defendant carrying a firearm. The defendant was allegedly in possession of a Glock, Model 17, 9mm caliber pistol with an installed conversion device designed to allow the weapon to fire automatically, more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The firearm was not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by law.
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.
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 record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.
In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Akron Police Department and the ATF. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Joyce.