Cleveland, Youngstown lead firearm indictments by U.S. Attorney

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio indicted 126 people on firearms charges last year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio indicted 126 people on firearms charges last year.

Broken down by geography in the district, the most people indicted came out of the Cleveland office, with 66. That was followed by the Youngstown office (23), Toledo office (19) and Akron office (18).

“Our office and our law enforcement partners will continue to work collaboratively to target the worst of the worst,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon. “These include people who carry firearms, ammunition and sometimes body armor despite prior felony convictions, or those who help prohibited people to obtain firearms.”

Locally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case against Akira Jackson, of Boardman, who was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm and body armor. Jackson was arrested in March 2015 after police found a .40 caliber pistol, ammunition and body armor in Jackson’s possession. He was forbidden by law to carry a weapon following multiple prior convictions, including conspiracy to commit manslaughter.

Firearm prosecution statistics for previous years:

  • 2005: 220 indictments
  • 2006: 187 indictments
  • 2007: 191 indictments
  • 2008: 157 indictments
  • 2009: 156 indictments
  • 2010: 166 indictments
  • 2011: 218 indictments
  • 2012: 176 indictments
  • 2013: 207 indictments
  • 2014: 167 indictments

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