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Cleveland man sentenced to 15 years in prison for firearms conviction

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

A Cleveland man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison today for illegally having a firearm, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams and ATF Special Agent in Charge Donald Soranno.

Malcolm L. Hoyle, 27, pleaded guilty last year to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Hoyle possessed a .40-caliber pistol and ammunition on July 8, 2014, despite convictions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for involuntary manslaughter (2003), felonious assault (2005), two convictions for trafficking (both 2008) and attempted failure to comply (2009), according to court documents.

“We will continue to prosecute the worst of the worst, violent offenders who are prohibited from having firearms but carry them anyway,” Dettelbach said. “The Cleveland Division of Police and  ATF are to be commended for getting a violent criminal off the street.”

“The Cleveland Division of Police in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office work diligently to protect the public from violent offenders,” Williams said. “It is imperative that the resulting cases are prosecuted to the fullest, as in this case, where together we will take a career criminal off of our streets for a substantial time.”

“I would like to recognize the dedicated work of the Cleveland Division of Police on this case,” Soranno said.  “Cooperation with our law enforcement partners acts as a multiplier in our efforts to remove violent criminals from the streets and make our communities safer.”

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly L. Galvin following an investigation by the Cleveland Division of Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Updated February 4, 2016

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