For Immediate Release
Cleveland Man Indicted on Firearms Charge
A Cleveland man was indicted in federal court today for illegally having a firearm, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Malcolm L. Hoyle, 27, faces one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Hoyle possessed a .40-caliber pistol and ammunition on July 8, 2014, despite convictions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for involuntary manslaughter (2003), felonious assault (2005), two convictions for trafficking (both 2008) and attempted failure to comply (2009), according to the indictment.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly L. Galvin following an investigation by the Cleveland Division of Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after a review of the federal sentencing guidelines and factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.
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.