For Immediate Release
Previously Convicted Felon Sentenced for Gun Possession
DAYTON – David Pate, 28, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 90 months in prison for possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.
Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, Donald J. Soranno, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Field Division, who are all members of the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence, announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.
According to court documents, on November 2, 2015, Dayton Police started to follow Pate as he operated a vehicle. Pate sped away and crashed into a fence before fleeing on foot. He was ultimately arrested and officers found a semi-automatic pistol under the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Pate had been convicted of felony offenses in 2009 and 2011, including trafficking in heroin and felonious assault.
He pleaded guilty on December 29, 2015 to a Bill of Information charging him with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by those involved in the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Hunt, who is representing the United States in this case.