Youngstown man sentenced to 15 years in prison for having firearm

Lawrence Johnson, 52, was found to be an armed career criminal

Lawrence Johnson, sentenced to 15 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Lawrence Johnson, 52, was found to be an armed career criminal. He illegally possessed a Bryco 9 mm pistol on Aug. 12, despite four felony convictions in state court – attempted robbery in 1982 in Mahoning County, robbery in 1983 in Mahoning County, robbery in 1997 in Trumbull County and complicity to aggravated robbery with a firearm in 2005 in Trumbull County.

“We will continue to prosecute those who carry firearms despite convictions that forbid them from having guns. These are people that everyone agrees should not have access to firearms,” said Carole Rendon, acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Filiatraut following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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