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Four Mahoning Valley men indicted on firearms charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2012

Mike Tobin, Public Affairs Specialist, (216) 622-3651

Four men from from the Mahoning Valley were indicted on firearms charges and related crimes, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The cases are not related. Most of the cases stem from the V-GRIP initiative designed to curb firearm violence and crimes in Youngstown, Warren and the surrounding areas.

Those indicted are:

Jeffrey B. Jones, age 29, of Youngstown, Ohio, on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The indictment charges that on or about August 9, 2011, Jones possessed an FEB, model PA63, 9mm pistol, and ammunition, after he had been previously convicted of Complicity to Assault and Unlawful Transaction with a Minor in the Larue Circuit Court of Kentucky.

Antwon D. Williams, age 30, of Warren, Ohio, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The indictment charges that on or about December 9, 2011, Williams possessed a Taurus, model PT 92 AFS, 9mm pistol, and ammunition, after he had been previously convicted of Trafficking in Cocaine in the Court of Common Pleas of Trumbull County, Ohio.

Jason A. Kirksey, age 32, of Warren, Ohio, with being a felon in possession of firearms and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Count 1 of the indictment charges that on or about July 14, 2011, Kirksey possessed a Taurus, model PT-1911, .45 caliber pistol, and a Marlin, model 60, .22 caliber rifle, after he had been previously convicted of Attempted Endangering Children; Assault on a Peace Officer; and Trafficking in Cocaine in the Court of Common Pleas of Trumbull County, Ohio.

Count 2 of the indictment charges that on or about July 14, 2011, Kirksey possessed with the intent to distribute approximately 16.4 grams of crack cocaine.

John W. White, age 41, of Struthers, Ohio, with two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Count 1 of the indictment charges that on or about March 16, 2011, White possessed a Ruger, model P89, 9mm pistol; a Ruger, model P89DC, 9mm pistol; and ammunition.

Count 2 of the indictment charges that on or about June 16, 2011, White possessed a Cobra, model FS380, .380 caliber pistol, and ammunition. White had been previously convicted of Aggravated Assault in the Court of Common Pleas of Mahoning County, Ohio.

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

The investigations preceding the indictments were conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Youngstown Field Office, the Warren Police Department, the Youngstown Police Department and the Trumbull-Ashtabula Drug Task Force. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

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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