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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 27, 2017
Justin E. Herdman
, United States Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin

Two from Cleveland indicted for straw purchase of a firearm for a felon

Two people from Cleveland were indicted for a case involving the straw purchase of a firearm for a felon, said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman and ATF Special Agent in Charge Trevor Velinor.

Indicted are Tremaine Jackson, 28, and Valerie Woods, 29.

Jackson was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jackson had a FN Herstal .57-caliber pistol and ammunition on Nov. 25, 2016, despite previous convictions that prohibited him from having a firearms, including drug trafficking, carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon while under disability.

Woods was indicted on one count of making false statements to a firearms dealer. She purchased the  FN Herstal .57-caliber pistol on Oct. 28, 2016 at Stonewall Range in Broadview Heights. She represented to the dealer that she was the actual buyer of the firearm when she was not, according to the indictment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Galvin following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

If convicted, the defendants’ sentences 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 violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is 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.

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