Two Men Plead Guilty to Stealing More than 70 Firearms from Gun Stores
CINCINNATI – Ronquieze Head, 36, and Seronte Newby, 30, both of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to crimes related to theft from gun stores in Ohio and Kentucky.
Specifically, the defendants each pleaded to one count of conspiracy to commit theft and two counts of theft from a federal firearms licensee. Head also pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Trevor Velinor, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced the pleas entered into yesterday before U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning.
Head and Newby stole approximately 20 firearms from a gun store in Sharonville, Ohio on July 2, 2017. On July 8, 2017, the defendants stole approximately 22 firearms from a gun store in Florence, Ky. Finally, the pair stole approximately 32 weapons from a third gun store in Springboro, Ohio on July 16, 2017.
The defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2017.
Conspiracy to commit theft is punishable by up to five years in prison. Theft from a federal firearms licensee, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm are each crimes punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by ATF and Sharonville, Springfield, Florence, Springboro and Cincinnati police departments, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys Megan Gaffney and Matthew Singer, who are prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
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