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Northern District of Ohio

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Four Found Guilty this Week in the Northern District

U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced four separate guilty verdicts returned this week in criminal cases in the Northern District of Ohio.  These are separate cases and are not related.

On Monday, November 15, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against Defendant Quentin D. Watson, 35, of Akron, following a week-long trial before Judge Pamela A. Barker.  Watson was found guilty of distributing a fentanyl substance that led to a fatal overdose, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Watson is scheduled to be sentenced on March 17, 2022.  This case was investigated by the Akron Police Department, Akron Fire Department, Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Aaron P. Howell and Christopher J. Joyce.

On Wednesday, November 17, a federal jury in the Eastern District of Michigan returned guilty verdicts against Defendant Jay A. Schwartz, 55, of Northville, Michigan, following a three-day trial before Judge Robert H. Cleland in Port Huron.  Schwartz was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States and bribery involving federal programs.

Schwartz is scheduled to be sentenced on March 17, 2022. This case was investigated by the Detroit Division of the FBI.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gene Crawford and Michael Freeman out of the Northern District of Ohio.

On Thursday, November 18, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against Defendant Damon Lamont Irby, 45, of Youngstown, following a two-day trial before Judge John R. Adams.  Irby was found guilty of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person with a prior misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.

Irby is scheduled to be sentenced on March 15, 2022.  This case was investigated by the FBI.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Katz.

On Thursday, November 18, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against Defendant Leonard Walker, Jr., 44, of Elyria, following a five-day trial before Judge Solomon Oliver.  Walker was found guilty of distribution of crack cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and as a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Walker is scheduled to be sentenced on March 11, 2022.  This case was investigated by the Elyria Police Department and the FBI.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert J. Kolansky and Colleen M. Egan.

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Daniel Ball Daniel.Ball@usdoj.gov
Updated November 19, 2021