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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Justin E. Herdman
, United States Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin

Cleveland Man Twice Convicted of Domestic Violence Indicted for Having a Gun

A Cleveland man twice convicted of domestic violence was indicted for having a gun.

Joshua Hych, 24, was indicted in federal court on one count of possession of a firearm after misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Hych on Sept. 26 possessed a Taurus 9mm handgun, despite convictions for domestic violence in 2012 and 2015 Parma Municipal Court.

This case was investigated by the Cleveland Division of Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivs. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Lewis.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

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.


Columbus Field Division