Cleveland man faces additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm
A superseding indictment was filed adding an additional charge of being a felon in possession against Raymone “Ramone” Clements, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Clements, 42, of Cleveland, was indicted last month on a charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Clements was found to have one round of .357-caliber ammunition and two rounds of .22-caliber ammunition on Dec. 20, 2012, despite previous convictions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for rape (2006), drug trafficking (2003) and aggravated robbery (1991), according to the indictment.
A second count has been added, charging that on or about Jan. 17, 2013, Clements had possession of a Rossi, Model Garrucha, .22-caliber Derringer, serial number 307228, despite the aforementioned convictions.
“This office places a high priority on keeping firearms and ammunition out of the hands of those who are forbidden by law from obtaining them,” Dettelbach said. “Whether is a person using a gun to commit a violent crime, a felon illegally obtaining ammunition or a straw purchaser trying to circumvent the law, we will aggressively pursue those who would violate our nation’s firearms laws.
"We will continue to work side by side with our federal, state, county and local law enforcement partners to make sure those individuals who illegally possess firearms and/or ammunition are held accountable for their actions,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Robin Shoemaker, Columbus Field Division.
The Unites States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio filed 176 indictments for violations of federal firearms laws last year, with the average sentence being more than six years in prison.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly L. Galvin following an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Cleveland Heights Police Department.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal records, the defendant’s role in the offenses and the characteristics of the violation.
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.