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Maple Heights Man Convicted of Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

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

CLEVELAND – On Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, a federal jury convicted Adolphus Philpot, 36, of Maple Heights, Ohio, of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Philpot was convicted following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Pamela A. Barker in Cleveland.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on March 26, 2021, Philpot was arrested on an outstanding warrant for felonious assault, which stemmed from a January 2021 shooting.  Following his arrest, law enforcement authorities began an investigation into information they had received regarding Philpot’s suspected possession of firearms.

Authorities later determined that Philpot had concealed two firearms belonging to him in a residence and had contacted associates to arrange for the firearms to be hidden from law enforcement.  Philpot is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to previous convictions of domestic violence, aggravated assault, and drug trafficking in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

This investigation was conducted by the Cleveland Division of Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly L. Galvin.


Daniel Ball 

Updated January 6, 2023

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