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Local Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Possessing Gun as Convicted Felon, Violating Federal Supervised Release

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

DAYTON – A Dayton man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 84 additional months in prison for crimes related to an Indiana robbery.


Jeremy Watson, 40, was on federal supervised release in April 2018 for a 2004 conviction in the Southern District of Ohio when he robbed a Dollar General Store in Lawrenceburg, Ind. Watson is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for the robbery in Indiana and will serve the additional seven years consecutively.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Miamisburg Police Chief John Sedlak announced the sentence handed down yesterday by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.


According to court documents, Watson fled to Miamisburg, Ohio following the robbery in Indiana. Law enforcement officers encountered Watson at a hotel in Miamisburg on April 3, 2018. Watson attempted to flee on foot, but slipped and fell. While on the ground, he turned and pointed a gun toward the police.


Watson pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison for that crime and to 36 months in prison for violating his supervised release.


Watson had been released from federal custody in June 2017. He had been sentenced to 168 months in prison for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence (a carjacking).


This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by the ATF and Miamisburg Police Department, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Hunt, who is representing the United States in this case. 



Updated August 16, 2019

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