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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ohio man indicted on firearms charge, failing to register as sex offender

A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Joseph W. Basham, Jr., 32, of Rome, Ohio, with being a felon in possession of firearms and failing to register as a sex offender, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Basham possessed a Winchester, model 50, 12 gauge shotgun in June 2015 after having been convicted of multiple felonies between 2007 and 2012. He also traveled in interstate commerce and knowingly failed to register or update a registration pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, according to the indictment.

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 Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Marshals Service. The case 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.

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Updated April 20, 2016