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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Ohio Man Sentenced to Nearly Twelve Years for Illegally Possessing a Firearm and Violating Previously Imposed Federal Supervision

Deshaun A. Jones, 40, was sentenced for being a felon in possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition. Judge John R. Adams sentenced Jones to 120 months of incarceration and three years of supervised release. The judge also imposed a 21-month term of incarceration to be served consecutively because Jones violated the terms of his current supervision when he was convicted of this crime.

After a three-day jury trial in December of 2019, Jones was found guilty of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The criminal charges arose from Deshaun A. Jones possessing a firearm, which he discharged into an occupied residence in an Akron, Ohio neighborhood on the night of October 1, 2018. Neighbors complained to police after hearing gunshots and noticing Jones screaming in the street. A review of Jones’ criminal record revealed he was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of prior felony convictions.

Jones possessed the firearm and ammunition knowing he had previously been convicted of crimes punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. Those crimes included a 1999 state conviction for Possession of Cocaine, a 2005 state conviction for Assault, a 2006 state conviction for Trafficking in Cocaine, a 2006 state Conviction for Trafficking in Heroin, and a 2009 federal conviction for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the City of Akron Police Department. The matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher J. Joyce and Ranya Elzein.

Columbus Field Division