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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Michigan
Mark A. Totten, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 24, 2023

Lansing Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten today announced that Davion Shymarri Shaltry, 19, of Lansing, Michigan, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm as a felon. Shaltry will be on supervised release for three years after he is released from prison.

“Mr. Shaltry was caught with a gun three days after his sentencing in Ingham County for illegally possessing a different gun,” said U.S. Attorney Mark Totten. “As this sentence reflects, we’re serious about stopping the flow of illegal firearms, which is fueling a gun violence epidemic across Michigan and the United States. Ending gun violence is a top priority of my office. No parent, no child, no person should have to live with the threat of violence this crisis has created.”

“Davion Shaltry, only 19-years-old, with a felony record blatantly thumbed his nose at the criminal justice system when he possessed an illegal firearm three days after being sentenced in a separate gun case,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge James Deir. “Mr. Shaltry is now heading to prison rather than trying to obtain another illegal firearm. Our community is much safer with Mr. Shaltry off the streets.”

Holding illegal firearm possessors accountable through federal prosecution is a centerpiece of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction strategy.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Michigan State Police, and the Lansing Police Department. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Pulda.


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