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Cleveland man with convictions for domestic violence, robbery and other crimes sentenced to more than three years in prison for having firearms and ammunition

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A Cleveland man with a history of violent crimes was sentenced to more than three years in prison for having a firearm.

Miquel D. Jones, 49, was sentenced to 42 months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.

“This defendant has no right to firearms because his history of violent crime, including convictions for domestic violence and robbery,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “Domestic violence offenders pose an outsized threat to Ohio’s families, communities and law enforcement officers.”

“ATF’s mission is reducing violent gun crime in our country,” said Jonathan T. McPherson, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division.  “We are committed to working with our federal, state, and local partners to follow the gun and remove the most violent criminals from our streets.”

Law enforcement officials searched Jones’ residence on Poe Avenue on May 23, 2018, in relation to a missing minor. A search of the residence revealed a Ruger 9 mm handgun, a Maverick 12-gauge shotgun and 16 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, according to court documents.

Jones has previous convictions for robbery, domestic violence, burglary and other crimes, which make it illegal for him to possess firearms or ammunition, according to court documents.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian S. Deckert and Robert J. Patton following an investigation by the ATF, Homeland Security Investigations, Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and Cleveland Division of Police.


Mike Tobin

Updated June 14, 2019

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