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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Carter M. Stewart
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jennifer Thornton

Cincinnati Man Sentenced for Dealing Firearms without a License

CINCINNATI – Vernon Warner II, 29, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 54 months in prison for dealing in firearms without a license.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell and Donald J. Soranno, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, announced the sentence handed down yesterday by U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott.

According to court documents, beginning on or about January 9, 2014 until April 2014, Warner engaged in the business of dealing six firearms without being a licensed dealer. The weapons included a rifle, handguns, a revolver and two semi-automatic pistols.

Warner pleaded guilty on October 29, 2014 to one count of dealing in firearms without a license. As part of his plea agreement, the defendant agreed to forfeit all firearms and ammunition within his possession.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department and ATF, as well as Cincinnati Branch Chief Anthony Springer, who prosecuted the case. 

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Field Division: Columbus Field Division