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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 11, 2021
Bridget M. Brennan
, United States Attorney
Contact: Daniel Ball

Career Criminal in Akron Sentenced to 20 Years for Firearms Offenses

Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Delamon A. Marshall, 41, of Akron, Ohio, was sentenced on Thursday, June 10, 2021, to 20 years imprisonment and five years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher A. Boyko.  Marshall previously pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and two counts of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

“Mr. Marshall’s lengthy prison sentence is a direct result of his own choices and extensive criminal history,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan. “Despite numerous opportunities to steer away from violent criminal conduct, he chose otherwise and will now face 20 years of incarceration.”

“There is no place in our society for those who use firearms for violent, criminal purposes,” said Roland H. Herndon, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division.  “Given Marshall’s history, and his actions in this case that resulted in the death of another person, it is appropriate that he received this lengthy sentence. ATF will continue to work with our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels to investigate and prosecute individuals who show a callous disregard for the safety of our community.”

As set out in court documents and testimony, on February 22 and March 17, 2017, on two separate occasions, Marshall, a convicted felon, possessed a firearm with ammunition and an obliterated serial number.  Marshall is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior convictions for bank robbery and domestic violence.

On February 22, 2017, Marshall was pulled over in a vehicle by police officers with the Akron Police Department.  During the traffic stop, Marshall was arrested for driving under a license suspension and advised officers that he was in possession a firearm and was a previously convicted felon.  Officers searched the vehicle and located a Glock 9mm pistol in the center console.  The firearm contained ammunition and an obliterated serial number.

On March 17, 2017, Marshall was in a confrontation with another individual in the Akron area.  Marshall and the other induvial exchanged gunfire and each sustained gunshot wounds.  The other individual was pronounced deceased at the scene. After investigating the incident, officers determined that both individuals were carrying a firearm and Marshall was in possession of Ruger 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number.

Marshall has a lengthy criminal history with numerous convictions for drug abuse, domestic violence and firearms offenses.   Marshall’s criminal history qualifies him to be classified as an armed career criminal according to federal law and federal sentencing guidelines.

This investigation was conducted by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Marshals Service, Copley Police Department, Akron Police Department, Youngstown Police Department, Bureau of Criminal Investigation for the Ohio Attorney General and the Summit County Coroner’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Damoun Delaviz.


Columbus Field Division