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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 26, 2018

Ohio Man Sentenced to Twenty Years for Firearm Offenses

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Bryant Lamar Monie, 37, of Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced by United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves, on Friday, to 20 years in federal prison, for being an Armed Career Criminal and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

Monie was convicted, following a jury trial, in April of 2016.  The evidence at trial established that Monie had moved to the Mt. Sterling, Ky. area in late 2015.  Thereafter, he began distributing cocaine in the area.  On August 13, 2015, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Monie’s residence and seized a loaded pistol and a distribution quantity of crack cocaine.  Monie had four prior felony drug convictions.      

Monie must serve eighty-five percent of his sentence; and upon release, he will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Stuart J. Lowery, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Louisville Field Division; and David Charles, Chief of the Mt. Sterling Police Department, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the ATF and Mt. Sterling Police Department.    Assistant United States Attorney Roger W. West represented the United States in the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. As part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district, crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001. 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated February 26, 2018