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Kent man indicted for having shotgun after domestic violence conviction

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

A Kent man convicted of domestic violence was charged with illegally having a firearm, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Cecil J. Rotnem, 29, with possession of a firearm by a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.

The indictment alleges Rotnem possessed a Mossberg, model 500A, 12 gauge shotgun on or about July 5, 2016 through July 11, 2016, despite having been previously convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, in the Portage County Municipal Court, in 2009.

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 violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason M. Katz.

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.

Updated December 14, 2016

Firearms Offenses