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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, August 28, 2015
Steven M. Dettelbach
, United States Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin

Convicted Killer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Having Gun and Body Armor

A Boardman man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm and body armor, law enforcement officials said.

Akira O. Jackson, 33, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts in federal court -- being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a ballistic vest. He was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison.

On March 18, Jackson possessed body armor, a .40-caliber pistol and ammunition. Jackson was forbbiden by law from possessing these items because of prior convictions, including conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and an additional conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon, according to court documents.

"This is a well-deserved sentence for a violent person who has no business carrying a firearm," said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Hollingsworth following an investigation by ATF and the Boardman Police Department.

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