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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Carter M. Stewart
, United States Attorney
Contact: Fred Alverson

Cincinnati Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Firearms, Ammunition, Body Armor

CINCINNATI, OHIO – Shawn Jones, 41, of Cincinnati was sentenced to 77 months in prison for illegal possession of seven firearms, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, and a set of individual body armor.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Michael Boxler, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Columbus Field Division (ATF), the Regional Enforcement Narcotics Unit (RENU) in Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil’s Office, and Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell announced the sentence handed down today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Herman J. Weber.

Jones pleaded guilty on April 8, 2014 to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of body armor by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, members of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Regional Narcotics Unit, ATF and CPD executed a search warrant at Jones’s residence in Lower Price Hill on October 5, 2013. They found three handguns, three rifles, a shotgun, 203 rounds of ammunition of various calibers and brands and a set of individual body armor.

Jones was prohibited from possessing firearms, body armor or ammunition because he had been convicted of first degree robbery in Campbell County, Kentucky and aggravated armed robbery in Hamilton County, Ohio. Both crimes are felonies. Federal law prohibits convicted felons from owning or possessing firearms, ammunition or body armor.

Jones was also ordered to forfeit the items seized during the investigation and serve three years under court supervision following his time in prison.

Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by ATF agents, RENU and Cincinnati Police officers, along with District Criminal Chief Kenneth L. Parker, who prosecuted the case.

Columbus Field Division