Youngstown Men Face Federal Firearms Charge
A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Clifford Cross, age 23, and Khaleb Bonner, age 24, both of Youngstown, Ohio, with being felons in possession of a firearm and ammunition, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The indictment charges that on or about May 4, 2014, Cross and Bonner were in possession of a Sig Sauer, model P228, 9mm pistol and ammunition. Cross had been previously convicted of possession of cocaine in the Mahoning County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas. Bonner had been previously convicted of trafficking cocaine in the Trumbull County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas.
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, and the Youngstown Police Department. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.
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.