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Press Release

Previously Convicted Felon Sentenced for Possessing a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. – A Chesapeake man was sentenced today to eight years in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to court documents, Steven Akeem Nichols, 34, was found by a Chesapeake police office sitting in the driver’s seat of his car asleep with a 9mm handgun resting between his legs in October 2017. Nichols, who was prohibited from possessing firearms, had been previously convicted of felony drug offense in Pennsylvania. Nichols later admitted to conspiring with others to distribute quantities of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in Virginia Beach in September and October 2017.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Scott W. Hoernke, Acting Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Washington Field Division, and James A. Cervera, Chief of Virginia Beach Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson. Assistant U.S. Attorneys William B. Jackson and Kevin M. Comstock prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:18-cr-63.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications

Updated September 5, 2018

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