For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
, United States Attorney
Justin E. Herdman
Contact: Mike Tobin
Cleveland man with multiple violent felonies convicted of stealing handgun from gun show in Berea
Columbus Field Division
A jury convicted a Cleveland man of stealing a firearm from a gun show in Berea.
Anthony Lett, 40, was convicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of being in possession of a stolen firearm following a two-day trial in U.S. District Court.
"This is a person with a long history of violence who has no business having a firearm," U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. "Our community is safer with him behind bars."
Lett is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29.
Lett stole a Kahr Arms .45-caliber pistol from a gun show in Berea on April 30, 2016. Lett has prior convictions that make it illegal for him to have a firearm, including convictions for kidnapping, felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon, drug trafficking and other crimes, according to court documents.
Lett is currently serving 20 years in state prison for unrelated convictions including rape, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and other crimes, according to court documents.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly Galvin and Elliot Morrison following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Berea Police Department, with assistance from the Cleveland Division of Police.