Report: DOJ Says Federal Gun, Violent Crime Prosecutions in Ohio Up 60 Percent
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced 13 new gun-related indictments in Ohio on Friday bringing the number of gun and violent crime indictments up about 60 percent over the previous two fiscal years.
The crimes included in the indictments ranged from illegal possession of a firearm by a felon to lying on a background check in order to purchase a firearm to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. A number of the defendants in the cases have long criminal histories which include drug trafficking, robbery, felony assault, assault on a police officer, and other previous convictions. Justin Herdman, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, said the 13 indictments and the rise in gun-related prosecutions are intended to keep the most dangerous criminals off the streets.
The DOJ has focused on increasing prosecutions of federal gun crimes since President Trump took office in 2017. The department announced in July 2017 that the increased focus had led to a nearly 23 percent increase in gun prosecutions. Attorney General Sessions said the strategy was designed to send a message to those who would commit gun crimes.
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