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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Michigan

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Matthew Schneider
, United States Attorney
Contact: Gina Balaya

Jackson Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison on Charges of Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

A Jackson man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Trashawn Johnson, was sentenced yesterday before United States District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith in Detroit, Michigan.

Johnson pleaded guilty on May 1, 2018, to two counts of felon in possession of a firearm. Johnson had illegally possessed a firearm on October 26, 2017 and was arrested by the Jackson County Police Department. While awaiting resolution of the October 26, 2017 charge by local prosecutors, Johnson was arrested on November 24, 2017 by Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies for illegally possessing an AK-style firearm. Johnson repeatedly tried to flee from the authorities but was ultimately arrested and charged federally.

"We are committed to removing guns from the hands of criminals in order to make our communities safer," stated United States Attorney Matthew Schneider. "The Department of Justice, through its Project Safe Childhood Initiative, has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to combat violent crime."

"The citizens of Jackson deserve to live in neighborhoods without fear," said ATF Special Agent in Charge James Deir. "We will continue to target dangerous felons who illegally posses firearms to ensure the safety of our communities."

Johnson’s case signals a continued commitment by ATF and the United States Attorney’s Office to reduce violent crimes in Jackson, Michigan. This case was a joint investigation by the Jackson Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, special agents of the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mitra Jafary-Hariri in conjunction with the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative.

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