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Five valley men indicted for federal firearms violations

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Five men from the Mahoning Valley have been indicted on federal firearms violations.

A news release from Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio says the five are charged with being felons in possession of firearms or ammunition. 

Indicted are:

  • Michael Harver, 24, of Poland
  • Jawonn Hymes, 22, of Boardman
  • Andre L. Owens, 38, of Warren
  • Thomas I. Sledge, 33, of Struthers
  • Carl D. Washington, 25, of Warren.

The release says the  cases are unrelated.

"We will continue to work to get firearms and ammunition off the street and out of the hands of felons who are forbidden by law from having them in the first place," Dettelbach said. "Cases like this are possible because of the efforts of federal agents and local police working together."

Harver is accused of having an FIE .38-caliber pistol and ammunition on April 28, 2013, despite a conviction for felonious assault in Mahoning County.

Hymes is accused of having a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol and ammunition on June 27, 2013, despite previous convictions of trafficking in drugs and possession of cocaine in Mahoning County.

Owens is accused of having 9 mm Winchester bullets on May 27, 2013, despite numerous convictions in Trumbull County and Washington County (Pennsylvania) for crimes including sexual battery and multiple cocaine offenses.

Sledge is accused of having a CZ .40-caliber pistol and ammunition on June 5, 2013, despite numerous convictions in Trumbull County, including attempted murder with a firearm specification, felonious assault, having weapons under disability and other crimes.

Washington is accused of having an H&R .22-caliber revolver and ammunition on May 30, 2013, despite previous convictions for felonious assault, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence in Trumbull County.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer following investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Youngstown Field Office, the Warren Police Department, the Struthers Police Department, the Youngstown Police Department and the Boardman Police Department.

According to the release, if the defendants are convicted, their sentences will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant's prior criminal record, the defendant's role in the offenses and the characteristics of the violations.

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