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MONDAY JUNE 27, 2011
CONTACT: Fred Alverson
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(614) 469-5715

DAYTON – James Schooler, 51, of Dayton was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 96 months in federal prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, after pleading guilty on February 28, 2011 to the charge. 

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Robert J. Browning, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and members of the Range Task Force, announced the sentence delivered today by United States District Judge Walter H. Rice.

According to the statement of facts filed in Court, Schooler was arrested on September 16, 2010 after he was found to be in possession of a Masterpiece Arms .45 caliber handgun, which is considered a high-capacity firearm.  Schooler had previously been convicted of possession of cocaine in April, 2002 and of illegal manufacture of drugs in September, 2003 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.  Those felony convictions barred him for life from ever possessing firearms.

Schooler was ordered to serve three years on supervised release, a form of probation, after his release from prison.

This case was prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, an intense coordinated effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to target criminals from communities with persistent high levels of drug and gun crime and vigorously prosecute them in federal court. For more information on Project Safe Neighborhoods, visit

Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by ATF agents and Range Task Force officers, and Assistant U.S. Brent Tabacchi, who prosecuted the case.



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