For Immediate Release
Akron Man Charged with Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense
A federal grand jury in Cleveland returned a three-count superseding indictment charging Christopher M. Wilson, age 43, of Akron, Ohio, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime.
The superseding indictment alleges that the defendant, after having previously been convicted of burglary, robbery, illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, and aggravated drug possession and heroin possession, knowingly possessed a loaded Ruger .22 caliber pistol. The superseding indictment further alleges that, at the time the defendant was found with the firearm, he also had 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by ATF and the Akron Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter E. Daly.
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, 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.
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.