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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, July 15, 2022
Michelle M. Baeppler
, United States Attorney

Armed Career Criminal in Akron Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Ralph L. Millender, 47, of Akron, Ohio, was sentenced on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, to 15 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Christopher A. Boyko after Millender pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to court records, on November 2, 2019, Akron Police Officers arrested Millender following an altercation he had with another individual.  During the dispute, officers became aware that Millender possessed a firearm in his vehicle.  Officers then searched the vehicle and located a loaded, semiautomatic weapon. 

Millender is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to multiple previous convictions of domestic violence in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

During sentencing, Millender was designated as an Armed Career Criminal due to three prior convictions for violent felonies committed on separate occasions.

This case was investigated by the Akron Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Joyce.


Columbus Field Division