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Northern District of Ohio

Friday, January 16, 2015

Warren Pair Indicted for False Statements to a Firearms Dealer

A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Pamela E. Vincent, 43, and William Roberts, 40, both of Warren, with false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that on or about October 9, 2014, Roberts aided, abetted, and counseled Vincent in connection with the acquisition of a Ruger, model 9E, 9mm pistol, from J & D Firearms, Inc., 3323 Parkman Road, Warren, in that Vincent knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement which was intended to deceive J & D Firearms, Inc., as to a fact material to the lawfulness of the sale of the firearm, in that Vincent represented that she was the purchaser of the firearm, when in fact, she was purchasing said firearm for another individual.        

If convicted, the defendants’ sentences 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 March 18, 2015