For Immediate Release
Friday, October 26, 2018
, United States Attorney
Justin E. Herdman
Contact: Mike Tobin
Stark County man previously convicted of manslaughter indicted for having a firearm and ammunition
Columbus Field Division
A Stark County man previously convicted of manslaughter was indicted for having a firearm and ammunition.
Michael Winland, 40, was arrested Friday and a federal indictment was unsealed charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Winland on Aug. 20 possessed a Taurus .45 revolver and ammunition, despite previous convictions in the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas for involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, according to the indictment.
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 maximum.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron P. Howell following an investigation by the Beach City Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
An indictment is only a charge and 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.