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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
David A. Sierleja
, United States Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin

Akron Man with Domestic Violence and Firearms Convictions Indicted for Illegally Having Rifle and Ammunition

An Akron man was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, said David A. Sierleja, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Rocky L. Wodicka, II, 35, had a Predator Arms 5.56 NATO PCS15 rifle and ammunition on March 3. Wodicka is prohibited for having firearms because of previous convictions in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas for domestic violence and having a weapon under disability, according to the indictment.

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 violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Aaron P. Howell following an investigation by the Akron Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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.

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