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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Cleveland Man Convicted of Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition as a Felon

CLEVELAND  –  A federal jury on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, convicted Dion Baker, 27, of Cleveland, Ohio, of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Pamela A. Barker in Cleveland.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on Sept. 17, 2021, law enforcement authorities with the Ohio Investigative Unit were conducting an arrest of an unrelated individual for weapons violations at a convenience store in Cleveland.  During the arrest, authorities observed two individuals, one later identified as Baker, parked in a vehicle and drinking liquor.

Authorities approached the vehicle and noted open cups of liquor and marijuana inside.  Baker and the other individual were then detained, and the vehicle was searched.  During the search, authorities located a loaded firearm under the passenger seat where Baker was seated.  An investigation into the incident later confirmed that Baker was the owner of the firearm.

Baker is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous felony conviction of attempted felonious assault in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Baker is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1, 2023.

This case was investigated by the Cleveland Division of the FBI and the Ohio Investigative Unit of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott C. Zarzycki.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Daniel Ball Daniel.Ball@usdoj.gov
Updated November 10, 2022