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

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Two Conneaut Men Indicted For Stealing Firearms From Lake County Store

A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Jory Rhodes, age 26, and Brandon Haley, age 28, both of Conneaut, Ohio, with theft of firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee and possession of a stolen firearm, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment charges that on October 25, 2012, Rhodes and Haley stole a firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee, Great Lakes Outdoor Supply, in Madison Township.  Specifically, it is alleged that Rhodes and Haley visited the Great Lakes Outdoor Supply with the intent to steal something of value, and that when the employees were not looking, Rhodes reached into a display case and stole a $1,129 Remington Arms .45 caliber pistol while Haley acted as lookout.   

If convicted, the defendants’ sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal records, if any, the defendants’ 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 Adam Hollingsworth.

An indictment in 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 March 12, 2015