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Akron Man Sentenced to Prison for Gun Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An Akron, Ohio man has been sentenced for a gun crime, according to United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Devon Alexander, 30, was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.  Alexander was convicted by a federal jury in December 2019 of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“Akron- again. As I’ve said before, federal gun laws are straight-forward – persons convicted of felonies, whether they be federal or state offenses, are prohibited from possessing firearms,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “I applaud the work of our law enforcement partners for getting another violent felon off the streets of Charleston.” 

Alexander was previously indicted on a single count of being a felon in possession of a firearm due to previous convictions for tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability in Summit County, Ohio.  At trial, evidence revealed that during a search of a house in Charleston in August of 2018, police witnessed Alexander toss a Citadel 1911 semi-automatic handgun into the yard while attempting to flee.

The investigation was the result of a joint effort by the Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, and the West Virginia Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica Coleman and former Assistant United States Attorney Stefan Hasselblad handled the prosecution.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:18-cr-00258.



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Updated September 25, 2020

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