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Three Cleveland men charged with federal firearms crimes

Aug. 2, 2012

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Wayne A. Cole, age 26, Michael A. Keeton, age 28, and Mitchell Jackiewiecz, age 39, with federal firearms violations.

All three men live in Cleveland, according to court records.

Cole is charged with possession of stolen firearms and being a felon in possession of firearms.

Keeton is charged with possession of stolen firearms, being a felon in possession of firearms and possession of firearms by a person previously convicted of domestic violence.

Jackiewiecz is charged with possession of stolen firearms and being a felon in possession of firearms.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Rocky River Police Department, Cleveland Police Department, and Bay Village Police Department.

If convicted, each defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including each defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, his role in the offense and the unique characteristics of the violation. 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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