Cleveland man indicted for firearms crime
A federal grand jury charged Khalid Swanson, 43, of Cleveland, with being a felon in possession of a firearm, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman.
Swanson possessed a Smith & Wesson .380 caliber handgun and ammunition after having been convicted of multiple crimes, including abduction, robbery and trafficking with a firearm.
The case was investigated by the Cleveland Division of Police and the ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Lewis is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the Defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial, in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.