Three men indicted for federal firearms crimes
Three men were indicted on for federal firearms violations, U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said.
Indicted are: Jeremy Pleasant, 35, of Massillon; Zachary Eversole, 39, of Ravenna and Terrance Craig, 27, of Youngstown. All three are charged with being felons in possession of firearms. Their cases are not otherwise related.
Pleasant possessed a Ruger 9 mm handgun on March 24, despite two previous convictions for felonious assault with a firearm. Pleasant was found with the firearm in his pants pocket after attempted to run for
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers after a traffic stop, according to court documents.
Eversole possessed a Walther .22-caliber pistol on Feb. 22, despite prior convictions for conspiracy to traffic cocaine and cocaine trafficking, according to the indictment.
Craig possessed a Ruger 9 mm pistol on Nov. 26, 2017, despite a prior conviction for aggravated robbery, according to the indictment.
The cases were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Ohio State Highway Patrol (Pleasant), Portage County Sheriff’s Office (Eversole), and Youngstown Police Department (Craig). The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David M. Toepfer and Aaron Howell.
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.
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.